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Chylous ascites associated with chylothorax; a rare sequela of penetrating abdominal trauma: a case report

Joseph M Plummer*, Michael E McFarlane and Arhcibald H McDonald

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Department of Surgery, Radiology, Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, University of the West Indies, Kingston 7, Jamaica

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Journal of Medical Case Reports 2007, 1:149  doi:10.1186/1752-1947-1-149

Published: 25 November 2007


We present the case of a patient with the rare combination of chylous ascites and chylothorax resulting from penetrating abdominal injury. This patient was successfully managed with total parenteral nutrition. This case report is used to highlight the clinical features and management options of this uncommon but challenging clinical problem.