16387Re: [FH] Chylothorax
- May 1 4:42 AMHi Stefanie,
I lost my first Maine Coon cat to Chylothorax on March 13, 1999. He was 12
years old. I was told that Chylothorax is the accumulation of thorasic fluid
in the chest cavity. It can be caused by trauma, heart disease, tumors, or it
can be idiopathic. In Darby's case, it was idiopathic.
It's my understanding that iftrauma is a cause, it can be from a rip or a
tear that could have been done when the cat was a kitten. I believe in people,
this disease is more common in children.
There is a homeopathic remedy that we tried that I have heard has been
successful. It's called Rutin.
I know in recent years that if the cause is found, surgery is an option to
correct the problem.
My Darby lived his last 3 weeks at my vets. My vet had inserted a chest tube
to help relieve the fluid. I remember visiting him every day (this cat had
never spent a night away from home, unless accompanied by me). I even brought
in one of my other Maine Coons and we did a blood tranfusion, hoping it would
Unofortunately, I didn't see any changes and felt that my cat was becoming
depressed. I made the decision to end his suffering. It was one of the hardest
things I ever did.
I do think that it is more common to hear about chylothorax now and that
surgery is more often attempted to correct it. I know of a cat recently who was
treated by my cardiologist that was given the surgery. I am not sure who did
the surgery, though, whether the cardiologist did it or if the cat went to
Best of luck to Luther. I hope that your vet can find the problem and he can
recover from this disease.
JoAnn & Connor
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In a message dated 4/30/2004 9:57:32 PM Eastern Standard Time,
My 10 year old cat Luther was just diagnosed with chylothorax
yesterday. Up until this year, he had been the picture of health
but was diagnosed with diabetes in January and I've been dealing
with that. Then, just 3 days ago, I noticed that he was having
trouble breathing. The vet took a chest x-ray and drew fluid
(chyle) from his lungs (or thereabouts). She told me the lab
results indicated that it is not cancerous nor is there an
infection. She told me it could be from trauma (although I don't
know how that could have happened). From what she told me and from
the little I've read about it so far, there seems to be little that
can be done. I read that it can spontaneously resolve itself but is
usually fatal. My vet recommended bringing him in next week to
have the fluid drained again and then if that is no longer working,
possibly having a shunt put in. I also read that there is a drug
that researchers have been looking into- my vet did not mention it.
I don't know anything about this. Does anyone have any experience
with this? I love my cat so much and I'm not ready to say goodbye
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