Treatment of Chylothorax by Robotic Thoracic Duct Ligation

Kari J. Thompson, Kemp H. Kernstine, Frederic W. Grannis, Pablo Mojica, Andres Falabella

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This is the first report describing the use of robotic technology for the treatment of chylothorax. We present a 22-year-old with mixed embryonal cell and seminoma germ cell cancer refractory to medical and surgical treatment. The patient had rising markers and a growing left lower lung lobe metastasis. After left lower lobectomy, left-sided chylothorax developed. Conservative management failed, and a robotic right-sided thoracic duct ligation was performed. Other treatment options are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)334-336
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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