Postoperative chylous ascites is a rare complication of retroperitoneal surgery. The treatment of postoperative chylous ascites is primarily conservative, consisting of repeated paraceteses, medium chain triglyceride (MCT) diet, salt restriction, diuretics and bowel rest with total parenteral nutrition. Occasionally, chylous ascites may take a protracted course which may necessitate insertion of peritoneo-venous shunts or direct surgical lymphostasis. Recently, Somatostatin was shown to be highly effective in closure of refractory lymphatic fistulas. We present a case of refractory chylous ascites following radical nephrectomy with inferior vena caval thrombectomy that failed to respond to conventional conservative measures and resolved rapidly following the administration of Somatostatin.
- Chylous ascites
- Postoperative complications