Chylous leak

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  • Most commonly caused by lymphoma (60%)
    • Other causes
      • Trauma (25%)
      • Iatrogenic injury after head and neck surgery (15%)
        • Thoracic duct enters the neck to the left of the esophagus and arches several centimeters above the clavicle.

Clinical Features

  • Chyle can accumulate in the thoracic and abdominal cavities leading to:
  • Leakage of fluid can lead to

Differential Diagnosis




See Also

External Links


Pascual J, Hsiao T, Goldstein S. Chylous Leak - The abscess doppleganger. Visual Journal of Emergency Medicine. 9C (2017) pp. 63-64