JOSEPH J. KAUFMAN, M.D.; WILLARD E. GOODWIN, M.D.
In previous publications1, 2 the function of renal lymphatics in homeostasis of the kidney is discussed. We believe that the renal lymphatics act as a "safety valve" for the kidneys under conditions of diuresis and/or ureteral obstruction. There is experimental support for this idea.3-6
This collateral pathway for the escape of fluid from the kidney operates under conditions of ureteral obstruction to prevent the kidney from self-destruction. This function of the renal lymphatics may be an important factor in total renal function in a variety of diseases such as nephrosis, pyelonephritis, orthostatic albuminuria, chyluria, and possibly congestive heart failure.
KAUFMAN JJ, GOODWIN WE. RENAL LYMPHATICS. III. CLINICAL IMPLICATIONS AND EXPERIMENTS OF NATURE*. Ann Intern Med. 1958;49:109–119. doi: https://doi.org/10.7326/0003-4819-49-1-109
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