Successful treatment of chylous ascites secondary to Mycobacterium avium complex in a patient with the acquired immune deficiency syndrome

Andrew P. Keaveny, Michael S. Karasik, Harrison W. Farber

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Chylous ascites is a rare form of ascites, the presence of which generally denotes a very poor long term prognosis. We report the case of a patient with acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) and massive chylous ascites secondary to Mycobacterium avium complex (MAC) infection, identified in the ascitic fluid by a DNA probe assay. With multidrug anti-MAC therapy the ascites resolved completely, and the patient has survived for >21 months. Diagnosis and treatment of MAC-related chylous ascites are reviewed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1689-1690
Number of pages2
JournalAmerican Journal of Gastroenterology
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1999


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hepatology
  • Gastroenterology

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