Kinetics of the Inflammatory Response in Regional Lymph

  • John B. Hay
Part of the Current Topics in Pathology book series (CT PATHOLOGY, volume 68)


Lymphatics can be described in most vertebrate tissue and particularly in connective tissues, where they begin as small, blind-ended saccules which anastomose into larger collecting ducts (Fig. 1). In mammals, lymph nodes are interspersed along this network In man, it has been calculated that a volume of fluid nearly equivalent to the total blood plasma volume leaks out of the blood each day and is returned to the venous system via the major lymphatic ducts. For the most part, lymph is composed of blood plasma containing approximately one-half the concentration of protein found in the blood. In addition, it contains free-floating mononuclear cells, particularly lymphocytes, but generally not red blood cells, granulocytes (PMN), or platelets.


Lymphatic Vessel Lymphatic System Lymph Flow Swine Influenza Virus Popliteal Lymph Node 
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