Lymphedema pp 183-189 | Cite as

Oil Contrast Lymphangiography

  • J. Leonel Villavicencio


Ever since the lymphatic vessels were discovered incidentally in 1622 by Gasparo Asselius, Professor of Anatomy at Pavia University in Italy,1 the anatomy and physiological functions of these tiny structures have posed a challenge to the investigators because of their small size and the difficulties involved in visualization. Contrary to what happens in the arterial and venous systems, where visualization is relatively easy, visualization of the lymphatic system has been technically challenging. After Asselius’s description, the lymphatics were the focus of attention of many investigators who used injections of mercury into cadavers to gain as much knowledge as possible about these intriguing little vessels.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Leonel Villavicencio
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, Uniformed ServicesUniversity School of MedicineWashingtonUSA
  2. 2.Walter Reed Army and National Naval Medical CentersBethesdaUSA

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