Anatomy and Embryology

, Volume 190, Issue 3, pp 201–209 | Cite as

The lymphatics of the liver

  • Markus Trutmann
  • Dieter Sasse
Review Article


An overview of our current knowledge of the hepatic lymph vessels is given, and the different lymph node stations that are related to the liver are described. The lymphatics of the liver itself can be divided into a superficial and a deep system. The superficial vessels are mainly situated in the liver capsule, the deep ones follow the triads of Glisson or the efferent hepatic veins. There are no direct communications between spaces in the liver parenchyma and the first lymphatic capillaries, which end blindly in the surrounding connective tissue. Nevertheless, the perisinusoidal space of Disse, the space of Mall, directly adjacent to the outer limiting plate of the parenchyma, and the space of Comparini, surrounding the sublobular hepatic veins can be regarded as prelymphatic spaces from which the hepatic lymph could originate. The extracellular matrix in the space of Disse is apparently continuous with the extraparenchymal areas of the connective tissue. Collagens and proteoglycans offer a morphological pathway for the transport of fluid, the physiological prerequisites of which are discussed.

Key words

Liver Lymphatics Prelymphatic spaces 


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  • Markus Trutmann
    • 1
  • Dieter Sasse
    • 1
  1. 1.Anatomisches Institut der UniversitätBaselSwitzerland

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