Chylothorax complicating coronary artery by-pass grafting

J. A. Smith, J. Goldstein, P. E. Oyer

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Chylothorax is a rare complication of coronary artery by-pass grafting. We present two patients who developed a left chylothorax at one week and l4 days postcoronary artery by-pass grafting. In both cases an internal mammary artery graft was harvested. Nonoperative therapy, which included adequate pleural drainage and a low fat diet, lead to successful resolution of the chylous leak in each instance.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)307-309
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • chylothorax
  • coronary artery by-pass grafting
  • mammary artery, internal

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