Cemal Kaya, Pınar Yazıcı, Kinyas Kartal, Emre Bozkurt, Mehmet Mihmanlı

Clinic of General Surgery, Şişli Hamidiye Etfal Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey


Chylous ascites, defined as a lipid-rich fluid accumulation in the peritoneal cavity, is a rare pathology of the lymphatic system and is a very rare cause of acute abdomen. It is generally associated with diseases such as cancer, cirrhosis, inflammatory diseases, surgery, or trauma. In this study, we report a patient with chylous ascites, which mimics acute appendicitis. Diagnosis and treatment procedures were discussed.

Keywords: Acute abdomen, appendectomy, chylous ascites

Cite this paper as: Kaya C, Yazıcı P, Kartal K, Bozkurt E, Mihmanlı M. A rare cause of acute abdomen: Chylous ascites. Turk J Surg 2017; 33(2): 123-125


Peer Review

Externally peer-reviewed.

Author Contributions

Concept - C.K., K.K.; Design - P.Y., K.K.; Supervision - P.Y., M.M.; Funding - E.B., C.K.; Materials - E.B., K.K.; Data Collection and/or Processing - E.B., C.K.; Analysis and/or Interpretation - C.K., M.M.; Literature Review - E.B., C.K.; Writer - P.Y., K.K., C.K.; Critical Review - P.Y., M.M.

Conflict of Interest

No conflict of interest was declared by the authors.

Financial Disclosure

The authors declared that this study has received no financial support.