It is proposed that direct mechanical loading can impair dermal lymphatic function, contributing to the causal pathway of pressure ulcers. The present study aims to investigate the effects of loading on human dermal lymphatic vessels. Ten participants were recruited with ages ranging from 24 to 61 years.
Impaired lymph formation and clearance has previously been proposed as a contributory factor in the development of pressure ulcers. The present study has been designed to trial fluorescence lymphangiography for establishing how lymphatic function is altered under a clinically relevant form of mechanical loading.