The lymphatic system

Rossitto, G., Sneddon, M. and Rockson, S. G. (2019) The lymphatic system. In: Touyz, R. M. and Delles, C. (eds.) Textbook of Vascular Medicine. Springer: Cham, pp. 45-57. ISBN 9783030164805 (doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-16481-2_5)

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Albeit often neglected, the lymphatic system serves multiple functions to the cardiovascular system, the most relevant being volume homeostasis. In this chapter we describe the anatomy and physiology of lymphatic vessels: while sharing many aspects with other components of the cardiovascular system, they also show highly specialised features, such as the intrinsic contractile activity to favour lymph drainage. We herein discuss how disturbance in lymphatic anatomy and/or function results in lymphedema and present some of the recently accumulating evidence linking cardiovascular disease to lymphatic impairment.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Rossitto, Dr Giacomo and Sneddon, Mrs Margaret
Authors: Rossitto, G., Sneddon, M., and Rockson, S. G.
College/School:College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Cardiovascular & Metabolic Health
College of Medical Veterinary and Life Sciences > School of Medicine, Dentistry & Nursing > Nursing and Health Care
Published Online:03 August 2019

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