Idiopathic chylothorax in dogs and cats: A review of current treatments

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)287-292
Number of pages6
JournalAustralian Veterinary Practitioner
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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