International Journal of Otolaryngology / 2017 / Article / Tab 1

Review Article

Management of Chyle Leak after Head and Neck Surgery: Review of Current Treatment Strategies

Table 1

Diagnosing a chyle leak.

ClinicalDrain output biochemical assay

(i) Sudden increase in drain output, especially immediately following enteral feeding
(ii) Supraclavicular erythema, lymphedema, or palpable fluid collection
(iii) Creamy or milky drain output
(i) Triglyceride > 100 mg/dL
(ii) Triglyceride > serum triglyceride level
(iii) Presence of chylomicrons