Lymphedema pp 59-61 | Cite as

Physiology, Pathophysiology, and Lymphodynamics: General Overview

  • Stanley G. Rockson


The lymphatic system is a component of both the circulatory and the immune systems. The principal functions of this system include the prevention of edema and maintenance of interstitial fluid homeostasis, immune traffic (transportation of white blood cells and antigen-presenting cells to the lymphoid organs), and lipid absorption from the gastrointestinal tract.1


Lymphatic System Lymph Flow Interstitial Fluid Pressure Lymph Transport Lymphatic Vasculature 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stanley G. Rockson
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  1. 1.Division of Cardiovascular MedicineStanford University School of Medicine, Falk Cardiovascular Research CenterStanfordUSA

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