Chylous leak: an unexpected complication after microsurgical breast reconstruction

Pietro G. di Summa, Elin Roos, Sherilyn K. Tay


Chyle is composed of lymphatic fluid and chylomicrons from the gastrointestinal system. Its lymphatic fluid contains protein, white blood cells (WBCs), electrolytes, fat-soluble vitamins, trace elements, and glucose absorbed from the interstitial fluid, to be returned to the systemic circulation (1).