Lymph and functional integrity – prologue

  • Florian Lüders Ambulatory Vascular Center Muenster (AGZM), Division of Angiology, Muenster, Germany
Keywords: Lymphatic fluid, lymphatic system, functional integrity, thermodynamics, lipomatosis, autoimmune activity


The lymphatic fluid is the fluid part of the interstitium, also called tissue fluid. In evolutionary terms, it is the further development of the ‘coelom fluid’, the ‘primal ocean’; not just water, as the translation of the word ‘lymph’ says. Together with the extracellular matrix, lymph forms the entire physiological cosmos of the tissue cell.