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The lymphatic system is a network of tissues and organs. It is made up of

  • Lymph - a fluid that contains white blood cells that defend against germs
  • Lymph vessels - vessels that carry lymph throughout your body. They are different from blood vessels.
  • Lymph nodes - glands found throughout the lymph vessels. Along with your spleen, these nodes are where white blood cells fight infection.

Your bone marrow and thymus produce the cells in lymph. They are part of the system, too.

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Illustration of the lymph nodes in the head and neck
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  1. Lymphatic Diseases (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... your body. They are different from blood vessels. Lymph nodes - glands found throughout the lymph vessels. Along with ...
  2. Kawasaki Disease (National Library of Medicine)  
    ... fever that lasts longer than 5 days Swollen lymph nodes in the neck A rash on the mid-section and genital area Red, dry, cracked lips and a red, swollen ... problems are rare. NIH: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
  3. Biopsy - lymph nodes; Open lymph node biopsy; Fine needle aspiration biopsy; Sentinel lymph node biopsy ... A lymph node biopsy is done in an operating room in a hospital, or at an outpatient surgical center. The ...
  4. Swollen glands; Glands - swollen; Lymph nodes - swollen; Lymphadenopathy ... Common areas where the lymph nodes can be felt (with the fingers) include: Groin Armpit Neck (there is a chain of lymph nodes on either side ...
  5. Culture - lymph node ... A sample is needed from a lymph node. This may be done using a needle to draw out fluid (aspiration) or during a lymph node biopsy . The sample is sent ...
  6. ... enable JavaScript. New Guidelines Might Limit Need for Lymph Node Removal for Breast Cancer Recommendation could spare many ... 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Biopsies of so-called "sentinel" lymph nodes under the arms should become more widespread among ...
  7. ... Women with Breast Cancer Micrometastases in Their Sentinel Lymph Nodes May Not Need Axillary Dissection Summary In a ... numbers of cancer cells ( micrometastases ) in their sentinel lymph nodes who received axillary lymph node dissection (ALND) had ...
  8. ... Supports Radiation When Breast Cancer Spreads to Few Lymph Nodes Experts say new study may clear up questions ... cancer that has spread to just a few lymph nodes under their arms, a new study suggests. Researchers ...
  9. ... sharing features on this page, please enable JavaScript. Lymph Node Test a Good Strategy for Melanoma: Study Disease ... Feb. 12, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Testing a key lymph node in patients with the most dangerous form of ...
  10. Lymph Nodes From the National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute)  
    ... Quiz Site-specific Modules Resources Archived Modules Updates Lymph Nodes Lymph nodes are small bean-shaped structures that are usually ... lymph before it is returned to the blood. Lymph nodes are not present in the central nervous system. ...
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