Robotic surgery for treatment of chyluria

Naman Barman, Michael Palese

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Chyle is a milky lymphatic fluid that is normally formed in the small intestine to aid in the absorption of dietary fats. Occasionally, chyle leaks into the kidney, ureter, or bladder, which results in chyluria. Chyluria is most commonly caused by the parasite Wuchereria bancrofti and is therefore extremely rare in the USA. The use of robotic surgery for treatment has been suggested as a viable option, but has not been thoroughly reported in the literature. This article reviews the literature on the various treatment options for chyluria and presents the case of a 75-year-old Indian female from the USA who was diagnosed with non-parasitic, persistent chyluria and treated with right robotic ureterolysis, renal hilar dissection and intraperitonealization of the ureter.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-4
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Robotic Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2016
Externally publishedYes


  • Chyluria
  • Non-parasitic
  • Robotic
  • Treatments


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