Chylothorax in dogs and cats is a challenging condition to treat, partly because its pathogenesis is poorly understood. When no cause is identified and a default diagnosis of idiopathic chylothorax is made, treatment can only be directed at reducing the chylous pleural effusion. Current recommendations for treatment of idiopathic chylothorax vary but are based on reported responses to these treatments. Some animals will be refractory to these treatments. This review presents a brief synopsis of the pathophysiology of idiopathic chylothorax and examines the benefit of different treatments based on the current veterinary literature.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Australian Veterinary Practitioner|
|Publication status||Published - 2012|