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Companion Animal Practice
Diagnosis and management of chylothorax in dogs and cats
  1. Kit Sturgess

    Kit Sturgess graduated from Cambridge in 1986 and spent six years in general practice. In 1992, he became the Duphar Feline Fellow at Bristol and, in 1997, was awarded a PhD for his work on the mucosal immune response to feline immunodeficiency virus. He is currently the Waltham lecturer in small animal medicine and clinical nutrition at Bristol. He holds certificates in veterinary radiology and cardiology and a diploma in small animal medicine.


CHYLOTHORAX is relatively uncommon in cats and rare in dogs. It is caused by a variety of disease processes, resulting in a complicated condition that is poorly understood and can be frustrating to treat. Successful resolution usually involves determining and treating the underlying cause. This article outlines the causes of chylothorax and discusses the approach to diagnosis and management of the disease in small animal patients.

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