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Seat Belt-Induced Chylothorax*: A Cause of Idiopathic Chylothorax?

Vishal Agrawal, MD; Peter Doelken, MD, FCCP; Steven A. Sahn, MD, FCCP
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*From Pulmonary and Critical Care, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC.

Correspondence to: Vishal Agrawal, MD, Pulmonary and Critical Care, Medical University of South Carolina, 96 Jonathan Lucas St, Charleston, SC 29425; e-mail: agrawav@musc.edu



Chest. 2007;132(2):690-692. doi:10.1378/chest.07-0535
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Chylothoraces are associated with multiple etiologies including non-Hodgkin lymphoma and surgical trauma, representing 50% and 25% of all chylothoraces, respectively. Intrathoracic operations such as repair of coarctation of the aorta and esophagectomy are commonly associated with surgical trauma. Idiopathic chylothoraces may account for up to 15% of all chylothoraces. When a thorough evaluation finding is negative, further history to identify possible blunt, nonpenetrating trauma to the chest is warranted.

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