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Distinguishing Chylous from Pseudochylous (Chyliform, Cholesterol) Effusions

Specialty:

Hematology Oncology
Clinical Laboratory
Pulmonology & Critical Care
General Surgery & Anesthesiology
Nephrology, Urology, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Pedatrics, Genetics

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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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