The Somatic Connection  |   October 2015
Lymphatic Vessels Found in the Brain—Osteopathic Considerations
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  • University of California, San Diego School of Medicine 
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The Somatic Connection   |   October 2015
Lymphatic Vessels Found in the Brain—Osteopathic Considerations
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2015, Vol. 115, 627. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2015.126
The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, October 2015, Vol. 115, 627. doi:10.7556/jaoa.2015.126
Aspelund A, Antila S, Proulx ST, et al. A dural lymphatic vascular system that drains brain interstitial fluid and macromolecules [published online June 15, 2015]. J Exp Med. 2015;212(7):991-999. doi:10.1084/jem.20142290. 
Louveau A, Smirnov I, Keyes TJ, et al. Structural and functional features of central nervous system lymphatic vessels [published online June 1, 2015]. Nature. 2015;523(7560):337-341. doi:10.1038/nature14432. 
In previous editions of The Somatic Connection,1,2 we have reviewed basic science research illuminating osteopathic medical practice, particularly brain functions potentially affected by osteopathic manipulative treatment (OMT). In the October 2012 column,1 research on cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) drainage into the venous drainage system, now popularly termed the glymphatic system, was reviewed. The May 2014 column2 reviewed research elaborating how glymphatic system activity is enhanced during sleep and facilitates the cleansing of the brain. These reviews suggest the possible application of osteopathic cranial manipulative medicine procedures as possibly having effects on CSF functions. 
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