Octreotide for Postoperative Chylothorax

(Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Ogaki Municipal Hospital, Ogaki, Japan)

Masato Mutsuga Shuji Tamaki Yukifusa Yokoyama
June Yokote Masaya Nakashima
Chylothorax is a serious complication that can jeopardize the outcome of thoracic surgery and prolong hospitalization. We report a 66-year-old man who underwent graft replacement for a distal arch aneurysm, in whom a persistent postoperative chylothorax developed. It was necessary to perform continuous drainage and conservative management. Administration of octreotide sharply decreased the drainage volume and the chylothorax disappeared within 2 weeks. Early administration of octreotide for postoperative chylothorax may shorten the therapeutic period.
@Jpn. J. Cardiovasc. Surg. 34: 48-50 (2005)