Influence of thoracic duct ligation on the lipid metabolism of patients with esophageal carcinoma after esophagectomy
The aim of this study was to determine the influence of thoracic duct ligation on the lipid metabolism of patients with esophageal carcinoma after esophagectomy. A total of 74 patients with esophageal carcinoma who underwent esophagectomy were divided into 2 groups according to whether or not their thoracic duct was ligated. Thirty-nine patients were in the thoracic duct ligation group and the other 35 assigned to the control group. Enteral feeding was through a nasojejunal tube from the 1st day to the 8th day after operation, and liquid diet was provided starting on the 6th day.