Function of the Lymphatic System

Function of the Lymphatic System

The Lymphatic System Functions

Components of the Lymphatic System

  • Mushroom-like structures called lymph nodes acting as philtres for harmful substances.
  • Lymph vessels resembling veins but with thin walls and more valves.
  • The thymus where T lymphocytes develop and mature.
  • The spleen philtres the blood and removes abnormal blood cells.

Functions of the Lymphatic System

  • Transportation of lymph, a fluid containing white blood cells (lymphocytes), which fight infection and disease.
  • The production and distribution of lymphocytes, vital for the immune system to function.
  • The lymphatic system absorbs fats and fat-soluble vitamins from the digestive system and transports these nutrients to the cells of the body.
  • Helps remove cellular waste, debris, and bacteria from the body to prevent build-up of toxins and potential infections.
  • Defence against invasion by pathogens such as bacteria, viruses, or other harmful substances.

Disorders of the Lymphatic System Understand the lymphatic system can also succumb to various diseases, such as lymphoma, lymphedema, and certain infections affecting the lymph nodes or vessels. Aware of such disorders can aid early detection and treatment.