The lymphatic drainage of the human ovary in vivo investigated by isotopic lymphography before and after the menopause

Surg Radiol Anat. 1991;13(3):221-6. doi: 10.1007/BF01627990.


The authors report 14 lymphoscintigraphies of the ovary, 8 before and 6 after the menopause. Injection of colloid labeled with technetium 99 m with elective lymphatic absorption was made into the mesovarium under laparoscopic control. Frontal and lateral images of the lymphatic drainage were made with a gamma camera 4-6 h after injection. Even in this short preliminary series, the premenopausal women showed major local and regional lymphatic circulation with drainage to the lumbo-aortic and pelvic nodes. After the menopause the lymphatic flow decreased and drainage was essentially by the aorto-lumbar nodes.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Colloids
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lymphatic System / anatomy & histology
  • Lymphoscintigraphy*
  • Menopause*
  • Middle Aged
  • Ovary / anatomy & histology*
  • Ovary / diagnostic imaging
  • Rhenium
  • Technetium
  • Technetium Compounds*


  • Colloids
  • Technetium Compounds
  • technetium Tc 99m rhenium colloid
  • Rhenium
  • Technetium