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