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Lymphedema - Introduction to the Lymphatic System

Lymphedema - Introduction to the Lymphatic System

Lymphedema - Introduction to the Lymphatic System

INTRODUCTION

What is the lymphatic system? This topic features a short video on the normal physiology of the lymphatic system. Roles of the lymphatic system vary from maintenance of tissue fluid homeostasis by clearing interstitial fluid of water, lipids, and plasma proteins, to immune cell and antigen transport between the periphery and central lymphoid tissues.[1] 

For clinical guidelines and quality measures, see "Lymphedema - Overview".  For a review and framework for assessment of lymphedema and its complications (e.g, ulcers, cellulitis), including epidemiology, risk factors, etiology, pathophysiology, history, physical examination, diagnosis, differential diagnoses, documentation and ICD-10 coding, see topic "Lymphedema - Introduction and Assessment"For management of Lymphedema see "Lymphedema - Treatment" - coming soon.  

THE LYMPHATIC SYSTEM


Video 1. Introduction to the lymphatic system [2]



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REFERENCES

  1. Rockson SG. The unique biology of lymphatic edema. Lymphatic research and biology. 2009;volume 7(2):97-100.
  2. Osmosis. What is the lymphatic system? . 2017;.
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