An uncommon complication of laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy

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Abstract

Chylous ascites is an uncommon complication of laparoscopic live donor nephrectomy, occurring when milky chyle from the lymphatic system leaks into the peritoneal cavity. This can occur after trauma or be caused by obstruction of the lymphatic system. Treatment may include a fat-free diet, total parenteral nutrition, subcutaneous somatostatin, lymphangiography, and/or surgical closure of the leaking lymph vessel.

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