Chylothorax After Spinal Fusion Surgery

Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
19 Feb, 2019 ,

A 64-year-old woman underwent spinal fusion surgery by the anterior and posterior approach for her scoliosis. She developed leg edema and right pleural effusion 2 months after the surgery. Laboratory findings showed decreased total protein and albumin levels in serum. The color of the thoracentesis sample was pinkish white, and the Triglyceride level in the pleural effusion was high. So, her leg edema was found to be associated with malnutrition and the pleural effusion was caused by chylothorax.