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Chylothorax as a complication of oesophageal sclerotherapy.
  1. S D Nygaard,
  2. H A Berger,
  3. R B Fick
  1. Medicine Department, University of Iowa College of Medicine, Iowa City.


    Chylothorax is an unusual complication of sclerotherapy for oesophageal varices. A patient is described in whom a massive chylous effusion followed sclerotherapy with repeated injections of 1.5% sodium tetradecyl sulphate. The thoracic duct traverses the posterior mediastinum in close proximity to the oesophagus, and may be disrupted by injections at mid oesophageal level.

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