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Year : 2015  |  Volume : 30  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 177-179

Lymphoscintigraphy combined with single-photon emission computed tomography-computed tomography (SPECT-CT): A very effective imaging approach for identification of the site of leak in postoperative chylothorax

1 Department of Nuclear Medicine, Tata Medical Center, Kolkata, West Bengal, India
2 Department of Thoracic Surgery, Tata Medical Center, Kolkata, West Bengal, India

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Dr. Jayanta Das
Department of Nuclear Medicine, Tata Medical Centre, Newtown, Kolkata - 700 156, West Bengal
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DOI: 10.4103/0972-3919.152988

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Post operative chylothorax is a known complication of various thoracic surgeries. It needs identification of precise site of leak in the thoracic duct. Lymphosicintigraphy can identify chyle leak but cannot delineate exact site of leak. SPECT-CT is precise in anatomic localisation and hence SPECT-CT should be combined with every lymphoscintigraphy in evaluation of clinically suspected case of post operative chylothorax. We report such a case.

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