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Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume 2015, Article ID 530210, 3 pages
Case Report

Incidental Chylous Ascites at the Time of Cesarean Section

1Department of Family Medicine, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, 1200 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61104, USA
2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Illinois College of Medicine at Rockford, 1601 Parkview Avenue, Rockford, IL 61107, USA
3Crusader Community Health, 1100 Broadway, Rockford, IL 61104, USA

Received 3 April 2015; Accepted 7 June 2015

Academic Editor: Kyousuke Takeuchi

Copyright © 2015 Kida A. Thompson and Antoun Al Khabbaz. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Chylous ascites has multiple etiologies including malignancies, liver cirrhosis, intraperitoneal infections, and trauma. It is rarely reported in pregnancy. We report a case of chylous ascites noted at the time of cesarean section performed at 35 weeks of gestation on a patient with preeclampsia and suspected placental abruption. The diagnosis and treatment of chylous ascites as well as the pregnancy outcome are presented. A literature review of chylous ascites in pregnancy is discussed as well.