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2017 | October-December | Issue4
Spontaneous Chylothorax
Prajay J Lunia, Unnati D Desai, Jyotsna M Joshi


Chylothorax is the occurrence of chyle (lymph) in the pleural cavity due to damage to the thoracic duct. Leakage of chyle and lymph leads to significant loss of essential proteins, immunoglobulins, fat, vitamins, electrolytes, and water. The presence of chylomicrons and a triglyceride level >110 mg/dL in the aspirated pleural fluid confirms the diagnosis of chylothorax. Identifying the etiology using different diagnostic tests is important in planning treatment. Definitive therapy consists of obliteration and prevention of recurrence of chylothorax. We report a case of chylothorax which resolved spontaneously with conservative management.

Keywords: Lymphoscintigraphy, Pleural fluid triglycerides, Thoracic duct.

How to cite this article: Lunia PJ, Desai UD, Joshi JM. Spontaneous Chylothorax. MGM J Med Sci 2017;4(4):191-194.

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