Imaging of thoracic lymphatic diseases

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2009 Dec;193(6):1504-13. doi: 10.2214/AJR.09.2532.


Objective: This review will focus on radiographic description of lymphangiomas, lymphangiohemangiomas, pulmonary lymphangiomatosis, lymphangiectasis, lymphangioleiomyomatosis, lymphatic dysplasia, and traumatic lymphatic injury.

Conclusion: Diseases of the thoracic lymphatic system have a wide variety of unique radiographic manifestations, all of which can be explained by the underlying pathophysiology and relationship to the normal distribution of lymphatics in the chest.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Contrast Media
  • Humans
  • Lymphatic Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Lymphatic System / anatomy & histology
  • Radiography, Thoracic*
  • Thoracic Diseases / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*


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