Author: OM Askar ( )
Dilatation (ectasia) of the subcutaneous lymphatics and opening up of new lymphatic channels were observed in cases of swollen legs due to deep venous thrombosis of the calf- (Fig. 1) (9, 1, 7). The severer the degree of deep venous occlusion, the more the subcutaneous lymphatics were found to dilate and the more channels to open-up, denoting a direct relationship between the flow of lymph in the subcutaneous lymphatics and the increased venous tension within the musculo-fascial compartment of the leg (3). This points to the existence of some form of mechanism whereby the effects of such an intrafascial deep venous hypertension could be transmitted to the subcutaneous lymphatics across the tough deep fascia of the leg. The following suggestions were put forward for the explanation of such a mechanism:
This article embodies a histological and an anatomical search for lymph vessels which traverse the fascia cruris and for lympho-venous communications, as well as an attempt at the assessment of the direction of flow of lymph in the deep and subcutaneous tissues of the human leg.
How to Cite: Askar, O. (1969) “"COMMUNICATING LYMPHATICS" AND LYMPHO-VENOUS COMMUNICATIONS IN RELATION TO DEEP VENOUS OCCLUSION OF THE LEG”, Lymphology. 2(2).