Chyle leak, although uncommon can often be extremely difficult to manage. Chyle leak is a result of the lymphatic fluid excreting from a lymphatic vessel. These leaks happen for a variety of reasons, but most often are related to trauma or lymphoma. The leakage can manifest in a variety of ways, often appearing as an odorless, alkaline fluid with production around 2-4 liters each day. Because Chyle can contain 5-30 grams of fat per liter and 20-30 grams of protein, the nutritional impact on the patient is significant.
Intervention and management usually begin with implementation of a low fat diet to aid in reducing the production of the chyle to aid in healing. Because low fat diets are often lower in calories, energy intake can be a struggle. One way to help meet nutritional needs without exacerbating the issue is to supplement with XtraCal Plus.
XtraCal Plus is a uniquely formulated with medium-chain triglycerides as well as hydrolyzed collagen and whey protein. This unique combination makes it ideally suited for the Chyle leak patient. Because the lipid source is MCT oil, it does not affect the production of the chyle aiding in the healing and recovery of the leak. XtraCal Plus is also a great source of protein providing 14 grams per 1.5 oz. XtraCal Plus is an ideal supplement to support the patient and prevent further nutrition complications.
Posted by Karen Sudders, MS, LDN, RD,