Chylothorax: Minimal fat diet

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Chylothorax occurs when the fluid that digests fat builds up around the lungs. Learn how a minimal fat diet can help to reduce chylothorax.

Key points

  • A chylothorax is a build-up of fluid called chyle in the space around the lungs. This puts pressure on the lungs and makes breathing more difficult.
  • It is treated by draining the extra fluid from around the lungs and if necessary by following a minimal fat diet.
  • When cooking use low-fat methods such as steaming, broiling, barbecuing or baking, and do not add any oil, butter, margarine or other fats.
Last updated: November 6th 2009