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Chylothorax - what are the complications to expect for a one month old baby? She had a surgery last week to cure a coarcation of the aorta.
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Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
Pediatrics - Cardiology
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In brief: Not much
They all resolve.
The chylothorax develops because a specific vessel which drains lymph--a protein and fat-laden fluid that is part of the body's immune system--was damaged. It heals and the chylothorax goes away. Sometimes a drain needs to be placed if it effects breathing, but again, it will stop and the drain comes out without any long-term issues.

In brief: Not much
They all resolve.
The chylothorax develops because a specific vessel which drains lymph--a protein and fat-laden fluid that is part of the body's immune system--was damaged. It heals and the chylothorax goes away. Sometimes a drain needs to be placed if it effects breathing, but again, it will stop and the drain comes out without any long-term issues.
Dr. Sarosh Batlivala
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Dr. Matthias Peuster
Pediatrics - Cardiology
In brief: Resolves mostly
Chylothorax after cardiac surery mostly results from an injury to the thoracic duct.
It is treated by drainage. Initially parenteral nutrition is given and this is then switched to a diet low in triglycerides so little chylus is formed (so called mct=medium chain triglycerides). After a few weeks the injury should be healed and normal diet resumed.

In brief: Resolves mostly
Chylothorax after cardiac surery mostly results from an injury to the thoracic duct.
It is treated by drainage. Initially parenteral nutrition is given and this is then switched to a diet low in triglycerides so little chylus is formed (so called mct=medium chain triglycerides). After a few weeks the injury should be healed and normal diet resumed.
Dr. Matthias Peuster
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