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Etiology of chylothorax in 203 patients.

Authors
  • Doerr, Clinton H
  • Allen, Mark S
  • Nichols, Francis C 3rd
  • Ryu, Jay H
Type
Published Article
Journal
Mayo Clinic proceedings
Publication Date
Jul 01, 2005
Volume
80
Issue
7
Pages
867–870
Identifiers
PMID: 16007891
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Chylothorax has numerous causes. In contrast to previous studies, surgery or trauma was the most common cause of chylothorax at our institution, accounting for nearly 50% of cases. Lymphoma and other malignancies caused chylothorax in only 16.7% of cases. These numbers are possibly related to the high volume of cardiothoracic surgical procedures performed at our tertiary referral center.

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