Chylothorax complicating coronary artery by-pass grafting

J Cardiovasc Surg (Torino). 1994 Aug;35(4):307-9.


Chylothorax is a rare complication of coronary artery by-pass grafting. We present two patients who developed a left chylothorax at one week and 14 days post-coronary artery by-pass grafting. In both cases an internal mammary artery graft was harvested. Nonoperative therapy, which included adequate pleural drainage and a low fat diet, lead to successful resolution of the chylous leak in each instance.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Chest Tubes
  • Chylothorax / diagnostic imaging
  • Chylothorax / etiology*
  • Chylothorax / therapy
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Coronary Artery Bypass / adverse effects*
  • Dietary Fats / administration & dosage
  • Drainage
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Myocardial Revascularization
  • Radiography


  • Dietary Fats