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Paediatric Laboratory Medicine

Chylomicrons in Fluids - ChyloThorax Investigation

Clinical Significance

Chylothorax refers to the presence of lymphatic fluid in the pleural space secondary to leakage from the thoracic duct or one of its main tributaries. A tear or leak in the thoracic duct causes collection of chylous fluid in the pleural cavity, which can cause acute or chronic alterations in the pulmonary mechanics.

Test Name

Chylomicrons in Fluids - ChyloThorax Investigation

Test Code

CHYLO

Division

Biochemistry - Biochemistry

Method

Ultracentrifugation

Turn Around Time

Daily

Specimen Type

Fluid samples (e.g., pleural, peritoneal, chest drainage)

Minimum Specimen Requirements

300 uL

Storage/Transportation

Send cold with ice packs

Approval is not required

Shipping and Contact Information

The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
170 Elizabeth Street, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 2G3
Canada
Phone: 416-813-7200
Phone: 1-855-381-3212

Reference Range

Present or Not Present