WALLACE M. YATER, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Chylothorax is a rare condition and chylopericardium still more so. Traumatic chylothorax due to rupture or section of the thoracic duct is apparently even more rare than the non-traumatic form, at least in so far as may be judged from the literature. Mouchet (1933) studied 43 cases of traumatic chylothorax reported in the literature. Perhaps twice this number of cases of the non-traumatic form have been reported.
Although the exact cause of the chylothorax in many of the non-traumatic cases has not been determined, and though careful studies of the thoracic duct and veins in such cases are
YATER WM. NON-TRAUMATIC CHYLOTHORAX AND CHYLOPERICARDIUM; REVIEW AND REPORT OF A CASE DUE TO CARCINOMATOUS THROMBOANGIITIS OBLITERANS OF THE THORACIC DUCT AND UPPER GREAT VEINS1. Ann Intern Med. ;9:600–616. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-9-5-600
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1935;9(5):600-616.
Cardiology, Pericardial Disease, Rheumatology, Vasculitides.
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