The major parts of the lymphatic system are located deep inside the body, in organs like the liver and intestine. These organs generate 80-90% of the lymphatic flow into the main aqueduct of the lymphatic system: the thoracic duct. However, due to the very small size of the lymphatic vessels, their extreme complexity, and other factors, it’s difficult to image the “deep” or central lymphatic system.
In recent years, new techniques have been developed which allow discovery of the pathophysiology of diseases such as genital lymphorrhea and swelling and pulmonary insufficiency in patients with lymphatic anomalies. Several interventional techniques were also developed, including thoracic duct embolization, liver lymphatic embolization, and interstitial lymphatic embolization.
About our Speaker
Megan Asher, CRNP, MSN, is an acute care nurse practitioner with Penn Medicine in Philadelphia, PA. She works closely with Dr. Maxim Itkin, who is a leading voice in interventional radiology and who has written extensively on imaging of the lymphatic system. Megan graduated with honors from the Perelman School of Medicine at The University of Pennsylvania in 2014.
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