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chylothorax

 [ki″lo-thor´aks]
a pleural effusion consisting of chyle or a chylelike fluid; it may be either congenital (such as in babies) or acquired from trauma or disease states. There are two types: chylous effusion, due to leakage of chyle from the thoracic duct, and chyliform or pseudochylous effusion, consisting of chylelike fluid, the result of a chronic disease such as tuberculosis.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

chy·lo·tho·rax

(kī'lō-thōr'aks),
An accumulation of chylous fluid in the pleural space.
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chylothorax

An uncommon and potentially life-threatening condition due to disruption of the flow of lymph into the thoracic duct, which is caused by penetrating or blunt trauma to the neck, chest or upper abdomen, or surgery involving the oesophagus, lung, pleura, mediastinum and heart, as well as other conditions (e.g., lymphangioleiomyomatosis or lymphoma).

Clinical findings
Pleural effusion and nutritional deterioration due to major loss of electrolytes, proteins, lipids and vitamins, often accompanied by immune deficiency and lymphopenia.
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chy·lo·tho·rax

(kī'lō-thōr'aks)
An accumulation of milky chylous fluid in the pleural space, usually on the left.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012

chylothorax

A rare condition of accumulation of CHYLE in the space between the lung coverings (pleural cavity). The chyle escapes from the thoracic duct, usually as a result of injury.
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