Use of mesenteric lymphangiography in a calf with ...

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Title Use of mesenteric lymphangiography in a calf with chylothorax and chyloperitoneum
Author(s) A. M. Cruz, Christopher B. Riley, D. G. MacDonald, J. G. Ferguson
Journal Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
Date 1995
Volume 206
Issue 10
Start page 1567
End page 1571
Abstract Lymphatic abnormalities resulting in chylous effusion into a body cavity are uncommon in domestic animals. In a 6-day-old calf admitted to our hospital because of failure to suckle and abdominal distention, however, mesenteric lymphangiography revealed an obstruction of lymphatic flow. Laparoscopic examination of the abdomen was unsuccessful. Fluid accumulation was resolved in this calf by drainage. In cattle with chylothorax and concurrent chyloperitoneum in which a traumatic lesion of the thoracic duct is possible, conservative management, with drainage and supportive treatment, should be attempted prior to considering surgical intervention.

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