Persistent chylothorax in lymphangioleiomyomatosis treated by intrapleural instillation of povidone

Eur J Cardiothorac Surg. 2008 Jul;34(1):214-5. doi: 10.1016/j.ejcts.2008.03.050. Epub 2008 May 1.


Lymphangioleiomyomatosis (LAM) is a rare, idiopathic disease affecting young women often complicated by refractory and difficult to manage chylothorax. We report one case of a patient who received a bilateral lung transplantation for LAM presenting a refractory chylothorax. The instillation of povidone iodine in the pleural space was effective in inducing pleurodesis.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Chylothorax / etiology
  • Chylothorax / therapy*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lung Neoplasms / complications*
  • Lung Neoplasms / surgery
  • Lung Transplantation
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis / complications*
  • Lymphangioleiomyomatosis / surgery
  • Pleurodesis / methods*
  • Povidone / administration & dosage*


  • Povidone