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J Am Vet Med Assoc. 1986 Jun 1;188(11):1315-8.

Chylothorax in 34 dogs.


Thirty-four dogs with chylothorax were studied retrospectively. In 24 dogs, chylothorax appeared to be idiopathic, with only 10 dogs having evidence of neoplasia or trauma. Rupture of the thoracic duct secondary to trauma appeared to be a much less common cause for the development of a chylous pleural effusion than that reported previously. The Afghan Hound was the breed most commonly affected, comprising 37.5% of the dogs in the idiopathic category and 26.5% of all dogs with chylothorax. A clear correlation between the cause of chylothorax and age was not apparent, and gender and neutering appeared to have no relationship to the development of chylothorax in the dog.

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