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Cold Spring Harb Perspect Med. 2012 Apr;2(4):a006445. doi: 10.1101/cshperspect.a006445.

The new era of the lymphatic system: no longer secondary to the blood vascular system.

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Department of Surgery, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California 90033, USA.

Abstract

The blood and lymphatic systems are the two major circulatory systems in our body. Although the blood system has been studied extensively, the lymphatic system has received much less scientific and medical attention because of its elusive morphology and mysterious pathophysiology. However, a series of landmark discoveries made in the past decade has begun to change the previous misconception of the lymphatic system to be secondary to the more essential blood vascular system. In this article, we review the current understanding of the development and pathology of the lymphatic system. We hope to convince readers that the lymphatic system is no less essential than the blood circulatory system for human health and well-being.

PMID:
22474611
PMCID:
PMC3312397
DOI:
10.1101/cshperspect.a006445
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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