Lymphologie in Forschung und Praxis, 19(2):84–88, December, 2015. Paper doi abstract bibtex
The question “How does the lymphatic system develop?” may be a simple one, but it is fundamental to our understanding of lymphatic malformations in children and the regeneration of lymphatics in adults. The question is by no means new and was already explored in the early 20 century. This resulted in a long-lasting controversy, which until recently had been far from being settled. The interest in the lymphatic system has greatly increased in recent years due to its implications in a variety of diseases. Several studies published this year address the heterogeneity of lymphatic endothelial cell development and unite previous controversially discussed data in a coherent model. These remarkable results, as well as the studies that paved their way, are discussed in this review.