Child abuse as a cause of traumatic chylothorax

Kristine J. Guleserian, Brian F. Gilchrist, Francois I. Luks, Conrad W. Wesselhoeft, Frank G. DeLuca

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Chylothorax is an uncommon condition that may be associated with significant morbidity and mortality. The authors report a case of traumatic chylothorax attributed to child abuse and describe our management with tube thoracostomy and nutritional support with medium-chain triglycerides. Child abuse should be suspected in any case of chylothorax when no other etiology is evident and particularly when other signs of abuse are present.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1696-1697
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Pediatric Surgery
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1996


  • Chylothorax
  • child abuse
  • medium-chain triglycerides

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health


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