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Distinguishing Chylous from Pseudochylous (Chyliform, Cholesterol) Effusions

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Description:

Thick, milky effusions may be due to either the leakage of chyle or the breakdown of cells over time. A chylous effusion: is due to leakage of chyle from the thoracic duct or other major lymphatic channel. A pseudochylous (cholesterol or chyliform) effusion typically is a chronic effusion that has been present for several years.

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