, also called chylous urine
, is a medical condition involving the presence of chyle
in the urine
stream, which results in urine appearing milky white. It is a condition that is more prevalent among people of Africa
and the Indian subcontinent
Chyluria is often caused by filariasis
due to the parasite Wuchereria bancrofti
, a thready nematode
which lodges the lymph
channels. Another cause is pregnancy or childbirth.
Once the lymph channels are blocked, one may open into the kidney hilum
or sometimes into the bladder
and chyle can leak into the urinary tract resulting in milky white urine. Blood sometimes mixes with the urine resulting in haemato-chyluria.
Usually the condition is self limiting and can sometimes lead to complications. If left untreated, chronic chyluria can lead to malnutrition and vitamin deficiency.
An anti-filarial drug, such as diethylcarbamazine
, may be prescribed. Severe damage to lymph channels may require surgery