ISSN : 1301-5680
e-ISSN : 2149-8156
Turkish Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery     
The rare case of a chylothorax caused by a retrosternal goiter
Sezai Çubuk1, Orhan Yücel1, Ramazan Yıldız2, Erkan Öztürk2, Şeref Demirbaş3
1Departments of Thoracic Surgery, Gülhane Military Medical Academy, Ankara, Turkey
2Departments of General Surgery, Gülhane Military Medical Academy, Ankara, Turkey
3Departments of Internal Medicine, Gülhane Military Medical Academy, Ankara, Turkey
DOI : 10.5606/tgkdc.dergisi.2015.10279
Association of chylothorax and retrosternal goiter is very rare. In this article, we report a 49-year-old male patient having a retrosternal goiter and pleural effusion. The biochemical analysis of the effusion was consistent with chylothorax. The goiter was resected with a transcervical approach followed by partial sternotomy. Chylothorax disappeared after excision of the lesion. Large retrosternal goiters may cause chylous pleural effusions and be managed by excision of the compressing lesions.
Keywords : Chylothorax; pleural effusion; retrosternal goiter
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