Thoracic Duct Decompression for Protein-Losing Enteropathy in Failing Fontan Circulation

Marta Antonio, Andreia Gordo, Conceicao Pereira, Fatima V. Pinto, Isabel Fragata, Jose Fragata

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An infrequent but devastating late complication of Fontan circulation is protein-losing enteropathy (PLE), which results from unbalanced lymphatic homeostasis. Surgical decompression of the thoracic duct by redirecting its drainage to the pulmonary venous atrium has been introduced recently as a possible treatment. This report describes a single-institution experience with this innovative procedure in 2 patients with failing Fontan circulation with PLE refractory to optimized medical therapy. (C) 2016 by The Society of Thoracic Surgeons
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2370-2373
Number of pages4
JournalThe Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016




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