Authors: I Donini ( ) , F Bresadola ( )
Formation of ascites in patients with hepatic cirrhosis develops when the rate of lymph formation exceeds the capacity of lymphatic drainage and excess hepato-splanchnic interstitial fluid "spills" into the peritoneal cavity. The reasons for the limited capacity of lymph drainage are not fully understood, but one postulate is restriction to thoracic duct lymph flow at the lymphatic-venous junction.
Accordingly, the present study examines the dynamics of the thoracic duct-jugular venous junction in dogs with ascites after constriction of the supradiaphragmatic inferior vena cava. Based on the abnormalities uncovered, we revised this junction in fifteen patients with ascites from hepatic cirrhosis intractable to medical treatment.
How to Cite: Donini, I. & Bresadola, F. (1974) “CERVICAL LYMPH-VENOUS SHUNT IN EXPERIMENTAL ASCITES AND IN PATIENTS WITH HEPATIC CIRRHOSIS”, Lymphology. 7(2).