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My husband had an Esophagectomy 7 days ago. Complications during surgery caused a bleed in his chest. 10 units of blood and 3 units of plasma later and he was doing well. Advanced to clear liquid diet, all was well for about 30 hours. Now we have been informed that he has a chlyothorax. Nothing by mouth and PICC line was just placed. He is so angry. He has been up walking since day 1 of coming off the ventilator. Yesterday he walked a mile combined; morning and evening. We have no idea what is going on or what to expect. He is very frustrated and angry. Oh I forgot to mention he had stage 3 esophageal cancer. Tumor was 10cm with 2 lymph nodes affected. Chemo and radiation shrunk the tumor slightly. We have not heard the final pathology but are told they feel they removed it all. We have no idea what to expect next. No idea what caused the chlyothorax. Has anyone else had these complications?
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