Chylothorax following innominate vein thrombosis - A rare complication of transvenous pacemaker implantation

Rajesh Thomas, D. J. Christopher, Anil Roy, Anand Rose, Sunil Thomas Chandy, Rekha Aley Cherian, Jeeva Rima

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A case of chylothorax following innominate vein thrombosis which developed as a late complication of transvenous pacemaker implantation is discussed. A 78-year-old man presented with a refractory left-sided pleural effusion, which turned out to be a chylothorax. He had undergone a transvenous pacemaker implantation 6 years earlier for sick sinus syndrome. Aetiological work-up showed occlusion of the innominate vein as the cause for the chylothorax. The chylothorax resolved following pleurodesis with talc slurry, and the innominate vein was recanalized by angioplasty. To our knowledge, this is the first report of a case of this nature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)338-340
Number of pages3
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - May 1 2007


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine

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