Revista Costarricense de Cardiología
Print version ISSN 1409-4142
GARITA JIMENEZ, Dr. Elliott; ROBELO PENTZKE, Dr. Bayardo; CHAMORRO CASTRO, Dr. Rodrigo and SALAZAR VARGAS, Dr. Carlos. Quilopericardio. Rev. costarric. cardiol [online]. 2007, vol.9, n.2, pp. 31-33. ISSN 1409-4142.
Chylopericardium is an uncommon condition even for medical personnel dedicated to the treatment of chest diseases. Usually there is an anomaly of the thoracic duct or of its tributaries, causing leakage of chyle inside the pericardial sac. Benign or malignant neoplasms and a variety of injuries can either obstruct or damage this structure, although in few cases no apparent cause is found. Initially the patients are handled by drainage and special diets; however some must be subjected to thoracic duct ligature. We present herein the cases of 2 patients with chylopericardium, 1 caused by lymphangiomas and the other idiopathic in nature, both underwent surgery with good results.