Effect of two week lymphatic occlusion on the mechanical properties of dog femoral arteries

G. L. Nádasy, F. Solti, E. Monos, F. Schneider, V. Bérczi, A. G.B. Kovách

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In order to study the long-term effect of impaired lymphatic drainage on the mechanical properties of the arterial wall, cylindrical femoral artery segments from 10 mongrel dogs after 2 weeks of hindlimb lymphatic occlusion were subjected to in vitro mechanical test and compared with the contralateral, sham-operated segments. Smooth muscle contraction was induced by norepinephrine (7.4 × 10-6 M) and smooth muscle relaxation by papaverine (1.6 × 10-4 M). As a result of 2 weeks of lymphatic occlusion, wall thickness increased from 243 ± 18 to 343 ± 35 μm (P < 0.02), inner radius decreased from 1.69 ± 0.11 to 1.42 ± 0.12 mm (P < 0.01) and elastic modulus decreased from 1.23 × 106 to 0.55 × 106 N/m2 (P < 0.01), when determined at 100 mm Hg (13.3 kPa) intraluminal pressure and with relaxed smooth muscle. The contractile apparatus was able to produce active strain in the vessels with lymphostasis and at physiological pressures not significantly different from the controls (0.89 ± 0.02 vs. 0.91 ± 0.02), but at significantly lower levels of tangential stress. Active stress decreased significantly. This study shows that a reorganization of the vessel wall mechanical force-bearing elements occurs in lymphostasis, which, in some respects, resembles the mechanical alterations found in different forms of atherosclerosis.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)251-260
Number of pages10
Issue number2-3
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1989


  • Arterial elasticity
  • Arterial fibrosclerosis
  • Chronic lymphatic occlusion
  • Vascular mechanical properties

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine

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