Congenital Chylothorax: Management and Long-term Outcome A Case Report and Literature Review

Salma Ben Ameur
2015 Journal of Clinical Case Reports  
Congenital chylothorax is the most common cause of pleural effusion in the neonatal period. We describe a 9 days old new born admitted for respiratory distress. The chest X-rays showed a white right lung with a left mediastinal shift. A pleural aspiration assessed the diagnosis of chylothorax. Lympho-scintigraphy detected rapid drainage of lymph into the right side of the chest. A conservative treatment was initiated with pleural aspirations and total parenteral nutrition followed by enteral
more » ... lowed by enteral feeding using semi elemental formula. This treatment was effective and the child was discharged from the hospital at the age of 40 days. A 6 years follow-up, revealed no recurrence of the chylothorax.
doi:10.4172/2165-7920.1000668 fatcat:7zb23onrtbdetdjy5qq2vpzcei