Ultrasonographic imaging of the cervical thoracic duct in children with congenital or acquired heart disease

Lazaros Kochilas, Charles W Shepard, James M. Berry, Alvin J. Chin

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Abstract

Conditions that increase central venous pressure lead to secondary dilation of the thoracic duct and impaired lymphatic circulation. We report the use of ultrasound to directly image the cervical part of the thoracic duct in children without the need for invasive techniques or contrast agents. Systematic evaluation of the thoracic duct may be useful in cardiovascular conditions with congestion of the lymphatic system such as single ventricle following Glenn or Fontan procedures. (Echocardiography 2014;31:E282-E286).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)E282-E286
JournalEchocardiography
Volume31
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014

Keywords

  • Congestive heart failure
  • Echocardiography
  • Fontan palliation
  • Jugular vein
  • Lymphatic
  • Thoracic duct

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