Chylothorax is the accumulation of lymphatic fluid within the pleural space. Chylothorax can occur in various clinical settings and arise from diverse causes. The optimal management of the patients with chylothorax is still uncertain. Treatment of chylothothorax can be divided into conservative therapy, operative therapy and radiation therapy. Recent reports have suggested that octreotide, by value of its direct action on lymphatic flow, has been useful in resolution of neoplastic chylothorax in the adult population. We herein report prompt cessation of lymphorrhea in an adult patient with chylothorax using octreotide, a long-acting somatostatin analog.
Chylothorax, neoplastic chylothorax, octreotide, somatostatin