Jose M. Porcel

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Chylothorax and Cholesterol Effusion

What every physician needs to know: Chylothorax and cholesterol effusions (also known as chyliform effusions or pseudochylothorax) are lipid-rich pleural effusions. The lipid content consists of chylomicrons/triglycerides (TG) in a chylothorax and cholesterol in cholesterol effusions. In both conditions, pleural fluid often has an opalescent or milky appearance because of its high fat concentration (Figure…

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