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Neonatal Chylothorax

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ACHYLOTHORAX IS AN ACCUMULATION of lymphatic fluid that collects in the pleural space. It is the most common cause of a large pleural effusion in the newborn.1,2 Estimated incidences vary from 1 in 10,000 deliveries to 1 in 2,000 admissions to the NICU.2,3 Chylothorax may be unilateral or, infrequently, bilateral and can occur spontaneously or be acquired secondary to trauma or surgical procedures. The right lung is more commonly affected than the left.

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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: March 1, 2001

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