LYMPHANGIOGRAPHY is a method which permits visualization of the lymphatic system by the injection of radiopaque material directly into a lymphatic vessel. Information gained by such studies has diagnostic, therapeutic, and prognostic value, as well as interest to the anatomist and physiologist. Although great strides have been made in the past decade in this field, the true value of lymphangiography is merely "suggested," as it is still in its infancy and available to clinicians in only a few centers. It is our hope that the method outlined here will lead to a more widespread use of this valuable adjunct in the evaluation of certain patients.
The early studies in animals and cadavers were conducted in the 1930's, and are well outlined by Sheehan et al., and Gergel. Kinmoth et al., in 1952, initiated the modern technique of direct lymphangiography in living humans. They suggested its clinical usefulness and demonstrated incompetency
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