Chyloperitoneum and chylothorax (ChP/ChT) are rare complications after bariatric surgery. This systematic review aims to evaluate the incidence, cause, treatment, and outcome of ChP and ChT after bariatric surgery. This review investigates published English language scientific literature systematically in an attempt to answer these questions. Our literature search revealed 66 studies, of which 23 were included. There were a total of 40 patients (38, ChP; 2, ChT). Eighteen of 40 (43.9%) patients were treated laparoscopically, and one patient (2.44%) underwent thoracoscopy and ligation of the thoracic duct. Both ChP and ChT are rare complications after bariatric surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2764-2771
Number of pages8
JournalObesity Surgery
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2022

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  • Bariatric surgery
  • Chyloperitoneum
  • Chylothorax
  • Complications
  • Gastric bypass
  • Sleeve gastrectomy


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