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Conservative Management Of Postsurgical Chylothorax With Octreotide

Abel A Gómez-Caro, Moradiellos Francisco J Diez, Carmen F Marrón, Larrú Emilio J Cabrero, Martín José L de Nicolás

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Postsurgical chylothorax after lung resection has an important associated rate of morbidity and mortality, and a large proportion of cases require re-exploration. The most desirable and least aggressive option is conservative treatment. The use of octreotide seems to be associated with a higher rate of resolution without the need for surgical intervention. We present 4 cases in which this drug showed excellent efficacy and minimal adverse effects in the resolution of postsurgical chylothorax.