Article Abstract

Usefulness of CBCT and guidance software for percutaneous embolization of a lymphatic leakage after thyroidectomy for cancer

Authors: Anna Maria Ierardi, Vincenzo Pappalardo, Xiaoli Liu, Che-Wei Wu, Angkoon Anuwong, Hoon Yub Kim, Renbin Liu, Matteo Lavazza, Davide Inversini, Andrea Coppola, Chiara Floridi, Luigi Boni, Gianpaolo Carrafiello, Gianlorenzo Dionigi


Lymphatic leakage can develop as an iatrogenic complication of thoracic, cardiac, and neck surgery. The management of this complication may be challenging and involves more specialists. Percutaneous, image-guided techniques may offer two advantages: mini-invasivity and ability to image and identify the anatomy and the site of the leakage. We report a case of refractory cervical chylous leakage after thyroidectomy and lymphadenectomy for cancer that was successfully treated with an ultrasound-guided intranodal lymphangiography and a percutaneous puncture of the leak performed using CBCT as imaging guidance.