ISSN 1308-8734 | E-ISSN 1308-8742
Case Report
Nonspecific Infectious Bilateral Chylothorax and Cyhloabdomen with Symptoms of Acute Abdomen
1 Department of Thoracic Surgery, Faculty of Medicine, Yuzuncu Yil University, Van, Turkey  
2 Department of Thoracic Surgery, Hospital of Medical Training and Education, Van, Turkey  
Eurasian J Med 2011; 43: 196-199
DOI: 10.5152/eajm.2011.43
Key Words: Chylothorax, Chyloabdomen, Management


Co-existence of chylothorax and chyloabdomen is a rare clinical entity. Apart from surgery and extra-surgical trauma, malignancies, liver cirrhosis, nephrotic syndrome, thrombosis in the superior vena cava and acute pancreatitis play roles in the etiology. The case presented in this article was a 35-year-old woman, and the chronic infectious pathology in the cytology, plus the other supportive nonspecific infection parameters prompted us in establishing this diagnosis. Obstruction in the abdominal lymphatics leads to chylous ascites and chylothorax develops in due course. Similar to our case, the clinical entities of chylothorax and chyloabdomen of nonspecific infectious origin may co-exist in the same patient. 

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