Bilateral chylothorax following total thyroidectomy with neck dissection for papillary thyroid cancer: Case report

Musallam Kashoob*, Saleh Bawain, Yahya Al Badaai

*Corresponding author for this work

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Bilateral chylothorax is a rare condition that occurs after a thyroidectomy and neck dissection, which can lead to severe morbidity and, potentially, death, if not managed properly. We report a rare complication of neck surgery and subsequent bilateral pleural effusion in a 35-year-old female patient who presented at Sultan Qaboos University Hospital in 2018 with shortness of breath and respiratory distress. The bilateral pleural effusion and related symptoms occurred one week after a total thyroidectomy with central and left lateral neck dissection. The patient was managed conservatively and subsequently recovered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)481-484
Number of pages4
JournalSultan Qaboos University Medical Journal
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Case report
  • Chylothorax
  • Neck dissection
  • Oman
  • Papillary thyroid cancer
  • Thyroidectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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