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Table 2 Characteristics of patients with chylothorax

From: Chylothorax after surgery on congenital heart disease in newborns and infants -risk factors and efficacy of MCT-diet

  median (range)
Duration of drainage (days) 9 (3- 59)
Duration of sedation (days) 2 (0-20)
Duration of relaxation (days) 0 (0-4)
Max. loss of chyle within 24 hours (ml/kg) 43 (18 - 183)
Day of max. loss (post-op day) 8 (5-52*)
Start of MCT-diet (post op-day), n = 24 9 (5-52*)
Start of octreotide (post op-day); n = 3 10, 17, 20
Duration of TPN treatment (days); n = 4 6 (2 -54)
Lowest serum total protein (g/l)**, *** 39 (30-49)
Lowest serum antithrombin III (%)** 59 (32-85)
Lowest serum quick (%)** 75 (42-101)
Lowest serum immunoglobulin G (mg/dl)** 220 (64-346)
  1. * One patient developed chylothorax the first time on post-op-day 51st
  2. **Lab-analyses during chylous-loss
  3. *** Significantly lower compared to day 5 post-op analyses [40 (33-50) g/l], p < 0.05