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glossary:chylothorax

Chylothorax is the accumulation of chyle in the pleural (lung) space. Chyle is usually a milky fluid comprised of lymph drainage, which carries fat, protein and white blood cells (lymphocytes). It occurs after injury to or obstruction of the thoracic duct. Injury to the thoracic duct during cardiovascular surgery occurs because of its proximity to the great vessels (aorta and pulmonary artery) in the chest, where the duct crosses from right to left. …

glossary/chylothorax.txt · Last modified: 2012/10/16 14:40 (external edit)