BMJ Case Rep 2019 Dec 30;12(12). Epub 2019 Dec 30.
Pulmonary & Sleep Medicine, Avera Medical Group, Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA.
We present a case of right sided chylothorax in the setting of cirrhosis believed to be secondary to extensive venous thromboembolism of the left upper extremity and exacerbated by chylous ascites. Our patient responded to conservative management with anticoagulation and a repeat thoracentesis revealed transformation of the fluid back to straw coloured transudate. We also include a brief discussion of the diagnosis and management of chylothorax.