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Postesophagectomy Mediastinal Chylothorax Causing Upper Airway Obstruction Misdiagnosed as Asthma : A Report of Two Cases

Nigel J. Theaker; Peter W. Brady; Malcolm M. Fisher
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Affiliations: From the Department of Anesthetics, City General Hospital, Staffordshire, England,  From the Intensive Therapy Unit, Royal North Shore Hospital, St. Leonards, New South Wales, Australia

Affiliations: From the Department of Anesthetics, City General Hospital, Staffordshire, England,  From the Intensive Therapy Unit, Royal North Shore Hospital, St. Leonards, New South Wales, Australia


1997 by the American College of Chest Physicians


Chest. 1997;111(4):1126-1128. doi:10.1378/chest.111.4.1126
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Abstract

Injury to the thoracic duct resulting in chylothorax is an uncommon but well-documented complication of esophagectomy. In two cases, which were associated with signs of life-threatening upper airway obstruction, an initial diagnosis of asthma was made. It appears that this complication of esophagectomy has not been reported previously.


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