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INFLUENCE OF AGE AND GENDER ON HUMAN LYMPHATIC PUMPING PRESSURE IN THE LEG

Authors
  • N Unno
  • H Tanaka
  • M Suzuki
  • N Yamamoto
  • Y Mano
  • M Sano
  • T Saito
  • H Konno

Abstract

Lymph transportation is controlled, at least in part, by the intrinsic pumping of lymphatic vessels. The objectives of this study were to evaluate the influences of age and gender on leg lymphatic pumping pressure. A total of 399 subjects between the ages of 20 and 91 years (199 males and 200 females) volunteered to participate in this study. Lymphatic pumping was measured in 798 legs of the 399 participants. Indocyanine green (ICG) fluorescence lymphography was performed, and the real-time fluorescence images of lymph propulsion were obtained in a sitting position using an infrared-light camera system. A custom-made transparent sphygmomanometer cuff was wrapped around the lower leg and connected to a standard mercury sphygmomanometer. The cuff was inflated, and then gradually deflated until the fluorescent dye exceeded the upper border of the cuff. Lymph pumping pressure was defined as the value of the cuff pressure when the dye exceeded the upper border of the cuff. There was a significant correlation between the leg lymphatic pumping and age: r =-0.34 (p<0.0001). Comparison of lymphatic pumping between males and females indicated that the age-related decrease in lymphatic pumping pressure was more marked in females of postmenopausal age.

Keywords: lymphatics, contraction, aging, lymph, pressure

How to Cite:

Unno, N. & Tanaka, H. & Suzuki, M. & Yamamoto, N. & Mano, Y. & Sano, M. & Saito, T. & Konno, H., (2011) “INFLUENCE OF AGE AND GENDER ON HUMAN LYMPHATIC PUMPING PRESSURE IN THE LEG”, Lymphology 44(3), p.113-120.

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Published on
20 Aug 2011
Peer Reviewed