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Chylomicrons, fluid

Lab area
Clinical Biochemistry - General
Method and equipment
Expected turn-around time
STAT: 1 Hour Urgent: 4 Hours Routine: 24 Hours
Specimen type

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

Specimen requirements

300 uL

Storage and transportation

Send cold with ice packs

Shipping information
The Hospital for Sick Children
Rapid Response Laboratory
555 University Avenue, Room 3642
Toronto, ON
M5G 1X8
Phone: 416-813-7200
Toll Free: 1-855-381-3212
Hours: 7 days/week, 24 hours/day
Background and 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.

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