An Introduction to Microcirculation by M.P. Wiedeman (Auth.)

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All vessels in the conjunctival beds with diameters above 15 μτη are venules. The slightly larger venules, those in the 25-40 μτη range, may connect with one another but most frequently join to form larger vessels which may have diameters between 75 and 90 μτη. The capillary bed is formed by randomly distributed second and third order branches from the feeding arterioles. The greatest number of vessels in the conjunctival vasculature are the capillaries and the postcapillary venules. V. PIA MATER In present day studies, the pial circulation in the living animal is viewed through the microscope most frequently in cats, rabbits, and rats, using either cranial windows or open craniotomies.

These arteriolar branches give off capillaries which run parallel to one another at a distance of 40-80 μπι apart. Fig. 3 . 1 1 . Diagram of the major arterial blood supply to the rat stomach. The left gastric artery divides into three branches, which pass to the anterior, posterior, and lesser curvature surfaces of the stomach. ) 34 3. Micro vasculature of Specific Organs and Tissues The capillaries are connected with each other on the same plane and with capil­ laries on different planes. The capillary network drains into venules which ac­ company the arterioles.

Fig. 3 . 1 9 . Composite drawing of terminal lymphatic network reconstructed from several mesentery preparations. ) II. Visceral Organs 2. Rat 45 The cecal mesentery of the rat was one of the first of the mammalian structures to be used for microscopic observation of small blood vessels in vivo, having been introduced by Chambers and Zweifach (1944). It has been widely used for studies of anatomical, physiological, and pharmacological features of the microcirculation. The cecal mesentery is a very thin tissue that holds the blind end of the cecum to the adjacent intestine and receives its vascular supply from blood vessels that also supply the intestinal wall (Fig.

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