A rare complication in breast cancer surgery : Chylous fistula and its treatment

Sakman G., Parsak C. K. , Demircan O.

ACTA CHIRURGICA BELGICA, cilt.107, ss.317-319, 2007 (SCI İndekslerine Giren Dergi) identifier identifier identifier

  • Cilt numarası: 107 Konu: 3
  • Basım Tarihi: 2007
  • Doi Numarası: 10.1080/00015458.2007.11680064
  • Sayfa Sayıları: ss.317-319


Chylous fistula is a complication related to thoracic duct injury, appearing in upper abdominal, thoracic and neck surgery. Occurrence of chylous fistula is very rare after modified radical mastectomy. We encountered a chylous fistula case after breast cancer surgery and successfully treated it conservatively. It is important that all surgeons dealing with breast surgery should be aware that, altough rarely, a chylous fistula can develop after axillary dissection. Experience related to the occurrence of this complication and its management when it occurs is quite restricted.