A chylothorax in a young woman: The difficulties of medical management

Eleanor C Barton, Simon Johnson, Neil Collin, Nidhi Bhatt, Nick A Maskell

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Lymphangioleiomyomatosis is a rare pulmonary disease affecting women of childbearing age. Whilst chylothorax is a well-recognized complication of the condition, management strategies aren't well-defined, have low success rates and are often only available at tertiary or specialist centres. We describe a case of a young woman referred to pleural clinic with a chylous effusion found to be secondary to lymphangioleiomyomatosis. Initial medical management was unsuccessful and recurrent drainages caused significant complications. Remission was ultimately achieved with a combination of mTOR inhibitors and interventional radiology techniques.
Original languageEnglish
TypeCase report
Publication statusPublished - 15 Feb 2024

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© 2024 The Authors. Respirology Case Reports published by John Wiley & Sons Australia, Ltd on behalf of The Asian Pacific Society of Respirology.

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  • Academic Respiratory Unit


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