Pneumocephalus and chylothorax complicating vertebrectomy for lung cancer

Seiichiro Sugimoto, Masato Tanaka, Ken Suzawa, Hitoshi Nishikawa, Shinichi Toyooka, Takahiro Oto, Toshifumi Ozaki, Shinichiro Miyoshi

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Pneumocephalus is a rare, but potentially fatal complication of thoracic surgery. We describe a case of successful management of pneumocephalus complicated by persistent chylothorax developing after en bloc partial vertebrectomy performed after induction chemoradiotherapy for lung cancer invading the spine. Surgical treatment should be considered for pneumocephalus complicated by any condition requiring persistent chest drainage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1425-1428
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Apr 1 2015

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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