Lymphaticolymphatic Anastomosis

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Lymphaticovenous anastomosis has proved valuable in the treatment of obstructive lymphedema. Histological studies of this anastomosis have shown the lymphatic component to be almost inactive in anastomotic healing. In order to clarify the role of the lymphatics, experimental lymphaticolymphatic anastomoses were performed in canine femoral lymphatics. The technique developed calls for eight to ten 19 μ sutures to prevent vessel wall collapse, and preservation of the vasa vasorum. Vessels were harvested from one hour to six weeks after anastomosis. Scanning electron microscopy and conventional light histology revealed the lymphatics to have active healing of the intima with complete reendothelialization by two weeks. The techniques developed in this study are directly applicable to human lymphaticovenous anastomosis.

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