Spontaneous chylothorax in a 2-year-old child

Manuel E Soto-Martinez, Vanessa Clifford, Tom Clarnette, Sarath Ranganathan and R John Massie
Med J Aust 2011; 195 (7): . || doi: 10.5694/mja11.10922
Published online: 3 October 2011

To the Editor: We published a case in the Journal in 2009 titled “Spontaneous chylothorax in a 2-year-old child”.1 Subsequently, it has come to our attention that trauma is likely to have been the cause of the chylothorax. At the time of caring for the child, and submission of our article to the Journal, we had no evidence of this. We had specifically asked for a history of trauma and looked for external signs of injury. The chest x-ray and computed tomography (CT) scan had been reviewed with our radiology staff at the time and we did not detect abnormalities of the vertebrae or paravertebral tissue, and no such abnormalities were detected during surgery.

  • Manuel E Soto-Martinez
  • Vanessa Clifford
  • Tom Clarnette
  • Sarath Ranganathan
  • R John Massie

  • Royal Children’s Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.


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