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Orbital lymphatics: do they exist?

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Alison Dickinson


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Introduction Although the lymphatic system was first described almost 400 years ago, it is only in very recent years that researchers have been able to identify lymphatic channels with reasonable accuracy. Through advances in molecular biology and the development of endothelial cell markers the long held view that the human orbit is devoid of lymphatics has now been challenged. Discussion This review discusses the current evidence on this topic, which confirms the presence of orbital lymphatics in lachrymal gland and optic nerve sheath.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Dickinson AJ, Gausas RE

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Eye

Year: 2006

Volume: 20

Issue: 10

Pages: 1145-1148

ISSN (print): 0950-222X

ISSN (electronic): 1476-5454


DOI: 10.1038/sj.eye.6702378