Effects of External Stimuli on Lymphatic Contractility
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The biomechanical principles of the lymphatic system play a key role in the function and efficiency of the lymphatic system yet very little is known about the key biomechanical functions. The goal of this research to take a well-rounded approach into identifying the biomechanical properties of the lymphatic system and the physiological responses of the individual node and the overall vessel. The biomechanical properties of stress and strain will be observed using a biaxial testing device. Axial stretch had a significant effect on several biomechanical characteristics such as amplitude and fractional pump flow. Nitric oxide was also found to have some effect but only at higher concentrations.