Single Cell Biology

Single Cell Biology
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ISSN: 2168-9431

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Wilson Onuigbo

Wilson Onuigbo
The Medical Foundation and Clinic,
Nsukka Lane, Enugu 400001

  • Review Article
    The Scientific Significance of the Role of the Thoracic Duct in Cancer Cell Carriage: A Review
    Author(s): Wilson OnuigboWilson Onuigbo

    This paper draws attention to the historical role of the thoracic duct in cancer cell carriage. It begins with the 1798 weighty work of the great Sir Astley Cooper who (i) believed that the thoracic duct was a vessel of much importance in the animal economy, (ii) carried out experiments on cadavers and dogs and (iii) autopsied a man who died with testicular cancer that had spread all the way through the lymphatics of the spermatic cord to the thoracic duct. Succeeding other eponymous giants like Paget, Hodgkin, Warren, and Andral contributed their own quota to the knowledge of cancer carriage through this conduit. No wonder that, by 1895, classical embolic metastasis was firmly on record. A weighty modern textbook was cited. Then, attention was drawn to the observations made on 40 coiled-up thoracic ducts. It was concluded that necrosis of cancer cells occurred naturally in some ducts.. Read More»
    DOI: 10.4172/2168-9431.1000104

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