The lymphatic system (shown in green)
includes a series of nodes, ducts, and vessels that works closely with the circulatory system and supports the body’s defenses.
Lymph fluid flows through the vessels and nodes, helping the body fight foreign pathogens.
Factoid: The composition of lymph is like that of blood plasma. It contains white blood cells, and picks up bacteria and other waste as it travels.
The lymphatic system is comprised of 5 major components…
The network of lymphatic vessels functions to return lymph to the general circulation.
Lymph that leaks from blood capillaries into the vessels is conducted to the large veins of the neck at the junction of the internal jugular vein and the subclavian vein.
Lymph nodes filter the lymph that passes through the vessels and add lymphocytes to it. White blood cells that produce antibodies target
foreign cells and attack them.
Factoid: Overly large lymph nodes are red flags for doctors, usually indicating an infection or disease.