Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE B

, Volume 8, Issue 12, pp 885–887 | Cite as

A case of chylothorax treated curatively with Sapylin, a streptococcus preparation

  • Xu Zhi-hao 
  • Wang Chun-fu 
  • Zhang Yue-qin 
  • Shen Hua-hao 
  • Xu Feng 
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Abstract

Chylothorax is an uncommon disease where fatty fluid accumulates within the chest cavity. Conservative management, including repeated thoracentesis or pleurodesis, seems to be suitable to most cases. Herein, we present a case of efficacious pleurodesis by intrapleural injection of Sapylin, a streptococcus preparation, for the treatment of chylothorax. A 52-year-old non-smoking female farmer was diagnosed as idiopathic chylothorax after we ruled out possible causes including chest trauma, lymphoma, lung cancer, filariasis, tuberculosis, and etc. Two-time intra-thoracic injection of 3 Klinische Einheit (KE) Sapylin achieved rapid and effective control of chylothorax with no severe side effects. Sapylin may facilitate pleurodesis by producing a strong inflammatory response.

Key words

Chylothorax Sapylin Streptococcus preparation 

CLC number

R655.8 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Xu Zhi-hao 
    • 1
  • Wang Chun-fu 
    • 1
  • Zhang Yue-qin 
    • 1
  • Shen Hua-hao 
    • 1
  • Xu Feng 
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Respiratory Diseases, the Second Affiliated Hospital, School of MedicineZhejiang UniversityHangzhouChina

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