An electronmicroscopical study of prefascial lymph vessels from both feet of 32 patients suffering from recurrent erysipelas located in the area of the lower limbs has been carried out before lymphangiography. Most of the patients had lymphedema localized mainly on the feet and legs. Normal conditions have often been observed. In lymphangiectasia and in different lymphangitic states partial separation and cystic dilatation of interendothelial junctions have been observed. The number of muscle cells was decreased in lymphangiopathia obliterans. Systems of "fine filaments" could be seen in the endothelial cells of both pathological and normal lymph vessels. Increase of pinocytotic vesicles could be demonstrated primarily in lymphangiectasia. It is supposed to be a symptom related to the deficient nutritive function of the lymph vessel wall.
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