Contamination of lymph from the major prenodal cardiac lymphatic in dogs. Academic Article uri icon


  • Cannulation of the canine major prenodal cardiac lymphatic (MPCL) is the most common approach for the investigation of myocardial lymphatic function. However, the assumption that the MPCL drains pure cardiac lymph has been questioned. We studied variations of MPCL anatomy and investigated whether noncardiac lymph is drained by this lymphatic. After dye was injected into the lungs and left ventricular myocardium in 21 dogs, dissection of the cardiac lymphatic system yielded 3 anatomic variations. In variations 1 and 2 (81% of dogs), a mixture of cardiac and pulmonary lymph was drained via the MPCL. In variation 3 (19% of dogs) no connection was found between MPCL and pulmonary lymphatics. In variations 1 and 2, alteration of tidal volume resulted in significant changes of lymph flow rate. The pulmonary contribution to MPCL lymph flow was estimated as 34% in variation 2. We conclude that MPCL lymph may contain not only cardiac lymph but also significant pulmonary contamination. This finding should be considered in the interpretation of lymph data from cannulation of the canine MPCL.

published proceedings

  • Am J Physiol

author list (cited authors)

  • Geissler, H. J., Davis, K. L., Laine, G. A., Brennan, M. L., Mehlhorn, U., & Allen, S. J.

citation count

  • 2

complete list of authors

  • Geissler, HJ||Davis, KL||Laine, GA||Brennan, ML||Mehlhorn, U||Allen, SJ

publication date

  • May 1999