Nutrition and Chylous Effusions
Among other things chyle contains fats and proteins that the body needs for energy and white blood cells which help fight infection. When the chyle escapes the lymphatic vessels the body is unable to use its components efficiently, or not at all, and must compensate for the losses. This can lead to malnutrition, fatigue, and increased risk for infection. Here we have compiled information about chyle, chylous leaks, and nutritional habits that may help to counteract the effects of the loss of nutrients seen in some patients with lymphangiomatosis and Gorham’s disease.
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