Ideopathic Chylothorax

 August 2007

We have decided not to keep this news a secret any longer…

This is that…Our Egor (Chouchou for the friends) has been in the University Veterinary Clinic in Liège since Wednesday.


The reason being that Chylothorax is a disease where fatty fluid accumulates within the chest cavity. This fatty fluid, which is called chyle, is the fluid which drains from the abdominal lymphatic channels. From these channels, chyle drains into a structure called the cisterna chyli within the abdomen. The cisterna chyli is a reservoir that then funnels chyle into the thoracic duct, which traverses the thoracic cavity along the aorta and empties into the venous circulation near the heart.

The effect of this on his heart and lungs speaks for itself!


When we took him into the clinic his condition was critical, they immediately removed 5 litres of fluid from his thorax and in the afternoon placed a drain which should have remained in place for 15 days. After a consultation with his specialist it was decided that he should be immediately operated on, as this was in our eyes he last hope for survival.

Via the internet we learnt that the conservative treatment by means of draining the thorax is not very successful.


We are just back from our first visit to Chouchou since his operation last Friday, and were allowed to stay with him for about 40 minutes. Egor remains in intensive care but because this area is forbidden for visitors they allowed us to visit him in a consulting room.


He was so happy to see us that he continuously blinked his eyes with joy. Thank God that he isn’t angry with us for putting him through all this and was so happy to see us. ( Not like when his toe was amputated)


This week we will learn if the operation was successful, if the fluid retention has reduced or remained the same…

Our candle continues to burn and we continue to pray!!!


The reason we have put this on our site is because so little is known about this illness.

We would like to give all dog owners who experience this illness some hope.

We searched for days on end on the internet for more info about this illness (which presents itself often in sighthounds) and its treatment


We would like to give our sincerest thanks to all our friends for their support during the last few weeks!

Also our sincere  thanks to Dr Mottet and the medical team in the University Veterinary Clinic in Liège, and especially veterinary – surgeon Dr. Claeys, for their prompt intervention, which has hopefully given Chouchou a fighting chance.   (

Thank You