Diagnosis and management of chyle leak following axillary dissection

Surgeon. 2020 Dec;18(6):360-364. doi: 10.1016/j.surge.2019.12.001. Epub 2020 Jan 11.


Chyle leak following oncological breast and axillary surgery is a rare complication with small number of reported cases in the literature and little formal guidance regarding management. We present a review of the current literature and further related guidance from other specialties, along with suggested strategies for identification, diagnosis and management of this uncommon but potentially significant complication.

Keywords: Axillary node clearance; Breast cancer; Chyle leak.

Publication types

  • Review