Mechanisms for Maintenance of a Steady State Between Plasma and Interstitial Fluid

  • Samuel Natelson
  • Ethan A. Natelson


The interstitial fluid bathing the cells must be constantly replenished and readjusted in its composition, since it functions as a source of nutrition for the cells. The circulating blood supplies the means for this adjustment by supporting continuous exchange of fluid and solutes between blood and interstitial fluid in the capillary bed.(1–3) The mechanisms for this action will now be examined.


Interstitial Fluid Interstitial Space Lymphatic System Thoracic Duct Constrictive Pericarditis 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel Natelson
    • 1
  • Ethan A. Natelson
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of BiochemistryMichael Reese Hospital and Medical CenterChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Baylor College of Medicine Methodist HospitalHoustonUSA

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