The hepatic lymphatic system is present in three main areas: adjacent to the central veins, adjacent to the portal veins, and coursing along the hepatic artery. As in other organs, it is through these channels that fluid and proteins are drained. The protein concentration is highest in lymph from the liver.
In the liver, the largest space drained by the lymphatic system is the perisinusoidal space. Disturbances in the balance of filtration and drainage are the primary causes of ascites, the accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity. Ascites is another common cause of morbidity in patients with chronic liver disease.
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