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Congenital chylothorax

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Three bottles of chyle drained from a chylothorax
SpecialtyRespiratory medicine
SymptomsNone, breathlessness
ComplicationsDehydration, malnutrition, abnormal electrolyte levels, weakened immune system
TypesLow output, high output
CausesComplication of surgery, trauma, cancer, infections, lymph vessel abnormalities
Diagnostic methodX-ray, CT scan, thoracic MRI, fluid sampling
TreatmentRemoving fat from the diet, decreasing lymph flow, chest tube, surgery
MedicationOctreotide, midodrine, and sirolimus
Prognosis~10% risk of death

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Chylothorax that is present at birth.

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