I have had a chat with one of the doctors on the Pleural team and I am having some fluid taken off the left side so see if that is also Chyle or serous.
The doctor has confirmed everything that I have read over the weekend. Its rare, it’s difficult to manage, it can lead to malnutrition and immunodeficiency. At the moment we are going to explore all the options and try to identify the source and cause of the leak.
At the moment the suspicion is that it’s a complication of the cancer blocking the duct and it’s sprung a leak. They think at the moment because I am well and it’s not filling up fast it’s a slow leak that I could have had for a while.
They don’t think it’s the portacath as it’s on the wrong side. The thoracic duct empties into the vein on the left. I might have to go on a special diet, I am being referred to see is surgical or radiological interventions are possible.
My head is spinning