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Lymph Transport and Lymphatic System

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Encyclopedia of Immunotoxicology

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Lymph flow; Lymphodynamics

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The lymphatic system is an organized network of vessels and nodes, which are present in most tissues and organs of the body. This system plays a vital role in fluid and macromolecular transport, lipid absorption, and immunity and is involved in various pathologic processes of different origins. Effective functioning of the lymphatic system depends upon the central movement of lymph through its vascular and nodal network.

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In spite of growing efforts to discover the physiological mechanisms of lymph flow, there is no commonly accepted concept of the regulation of lymph flow. However, investigations over the last decades have presented many basic facts on lymph flow and its regulation. The lymphatic transport system moves fluid, macromolecules, and formed elements from within the interstitial spaces into the lymphatic capillaries in the form of lymph. To accomplish these tasks, the lymphatic vessels must act as both fluid...

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Gashev, A.A., Zawieja, D.C. (2016). Lymph Transport and Lymphatic System. In: Vohr, HW. (eds) Encyclopedia of Immunotoxicology. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-54596-2_911

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