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What do you suggest if my father-in-law had his lung removed due to mesothelioma about 18 months ago. ascites problems every since.?

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Dr. John Fung
General Surgery 40 years experience
Chylous ascites?: Assuming he does not have intrinsic liver disease and that this occurred only after his lung removal (left lung?), it is likely that this is chylous ascites, is the extravasation of milky chyle into the peritoneal cavity. This can occur as a result of obstruction of the lymphatic system, in this case, if the thoracic duct is tied off, then there is increased pressure in the abdominal lymph system.

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