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Year : 2021  |  Volume : 31  |  Issue : 5  |  Page : 482-484

Chylous ascites after laparoscopic donor nephrectomy: Case report

Department of Nephrology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, New Delhi, India

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Dr. Vaibhav Tiwari
Department of Nephrology, Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Old Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi - 110 060
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DOI: 10.4103/ijn.IJN_391_20

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Chylous ascites refers to the accumulation of chyle in the abdominal cavity. Postoperative chylous ascites is most commonly associated with abdominal aortic surgeries. However, it is a rare complication following laparoscopic nephrectomy. It causes loss of fat, protein, and antibodies causing malnutrition and immunodeficiency. Thus, it is important to treat it as early as possible. We hereby report a case of chylous ascites following laparoscopic donor nephrectomy. A 55-year-old female was admitted at our center 2 weeks after undergoing left laparoscopic donor nephrectomy with abdominal distension and constipation. USG abdomen revealed free fluid in the abdomen. Paracentesis revealed chylous ascites. The patient was started on conservative treatment, including a diet rich in proteins and low in fats; conservative treatment, however, was unsuccessful. Lymphangiography and subsequent embolization of the defect were done, and she made a full recovery.


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