A RARE COMPLICATION OF ELECTIVE SIGMOID RESECTION
There are many complications that can occur in the immediate post-operative period, but the implications of the lymphatic system are rarely an issue. Lymphatic leakage may present in many forms, all of them leading to chyle depletion. The nutritional, metabolic and immunologic implication of chyle pathological consumption are extremely severe and could be the cause of life-threatening situations when the drainage volume is more than 1000-1500 ml/day. Due to its rarity after abdominal surgery, it can become a problematic situation because of the lack of guidelines for this particular case. The overall management of post-operative chylorrhea is challenging, leading many times to re- interventions for surgical ligations or embolization, each coming with several other complications. Meanwhile, conservative treatment remains the first approach in treating lymphatic leakage whenever is possible. We present the case of a 75 years old patient who encounter recurrent episodes of chylorrhea after sigmoid resection.
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