Mon September 23, 2013 By: Viswanath

can the direction of flow of lymph be from extra celluar spaces to blood?

Expert Reply
Sheetal Kolte
Mon September 23, 2013
  • Lymphatic capillaries form a mesh-like network of tiny tubes that are distributed throughout the tissue spaces and are located just under the skin. 
  • Unlike blood, which flows throughout the body in a continue loop, lymph flows in only one direction within its own lymphatic system. There are valves within the capillaries ensuring that the flow of lymph is away from the tissues.
  • Lymph flow is unidirectional from the tissues through lymphatic vessels, eventually dumping lymph into the venacava.
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