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glossary:chylothorax [2007/08/28 10:54]
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|+||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. ...|