The Lymphatic System Overview, Animation

The Lymphatic System Overview, Animation

In a nutshell, the lymphatic system is a drainage
system that removes excess fluid from body tissues and returns it to the bloodstream. It is actually a subsystem of both the circulatory
and immune system. The major purpose of the circulatory system
is to bring oxygen and nutrients to body tissues and remove wastes. This exchange happens in the smallest blood
vessels called the capillaries. Blood plasma containing nutrients moves out
of capillaries at the arterial end of capillary beds, while tissue fluid containing wastes
reabsorbs back in at the venous end. However, not all of the fluid is drawn back
to the bloodstream at this point. About 15% of it is left in the tissues and
would cause swelling if accumulated. This is where the lymphatic system comes into
play, it picks up the excess fluid and returns it to the circulatory system. Unlike the blood circulatory system, which
is a closed loop, the lymphatic system is a one-direction, open-ended network of vessels. Lymphatic vessels begin as lymphatic capillaries
made of overlapping endothelial cells. The overlapping flaps function as a one-way
valve. When fluid accumulates in the tissue, interstitial
pressure increases pushing the flaps inward, opening the gaps between cells, allowing fluid
to flow in. As pressure inside the capillary increases,
the endothelial cells are pressed outward, closing the gaps, thus preventing backflow. Unlike blood capillaries, the gaps in lymphatic
capillaries are so large that they allow bacteria, immune cells such as macrophages, and other
large particles to enter. This makes the lymphatic system a useful way
for large particles to reach the bloodstream. It is used, for example, for dietary fat absorption
in the intestine. Once inside lymphatic vessels, the recovered
fluid is called lymph. Lymph flow is enabled by the same forces that
facilitate blood flow in the veins. It goes from lymphatic capillaries to larger
and larger lymphatic vessels and eventually drains into the bloodstream via the subclavian
veins. On the way, it passes through a number of
lymph nodes, which serve as filters, cleansing the fluid before it reaches the bloodstream. Lymph nodes are small bean-shaped structures
scattered throughout the lymphatic network. They are most prominent in the areas where
the vessels converge. Lymph nodes contain macrophages and dendritic
cells that directly “swallow up” any pathogens, such as bacteria or viruses, that may have
been taken up from an infected tissue. They also contain lymphocytes: T-cells and
B-cells, which are involved in adaptive immune response, a process that produces activated
lymphocytes and antibodies specific to the invading pathogen. These are then carried by the lymph to the
bloodstream to be distributed wherever they are needed. The lymphatic system also includes lymphoid
organs. Primary lymphoid organs – the thymus and
bone marrow, are the sites of lymphocyte production, maturation and selection. Selection is the process in which lymphocytes
learn to distinguish between self and non-self, so they can recognize and destroy pathogens
without attacking the body’s own cells. Mature lymphocytes then leave the primary
for the secondary lymphoid organs – the lymph nodes, spleen, and lymphoid nodules
– where they encounter pathogens and become activated.

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  2. Finally! Watched so many explanations, but your video finally cleared for me how these systems work. Thank you!

  3. Remind me again why I'm paying several thousand dollars a semester when I can just watch a youtube video that explains it better than my professors?

  4. I have been studying the lymphatic system since the beginning of the semester. I even went to a peer tutor, who sucked at explaining it and did not even know what he was saying. yet in just 4 minutes, you pulled everything together and made it make sense. Thank you so very much. You are saving lives!

  5. The "lymphatic" fluid passes through the lymph nodes before returning to the circulatory system, and pathogens are "filtered" or destroyed by the macrophages, WBC's and beneficial bacteria, but what happens to cellular or metabolic waste? Do you have an explanation? Remember that up until 2015 medical schools were teaching that the brain did not have a lymphatic system, that being said, are we certain of the physiology and true role the lymphatic system plays in the human body?

  6. This is AUTDATED Lymphatic sestem
    body drawing! Please revise the 21st Century discovery, March 2015, regarding Lymphatic vassals in a human brain!!!!

  7. What is the best way to move the lymphatic fluid? I have been using the vibration plate and it seems to do a great job.

  8. Very interesting and well explained information. Maybe it is just me but the lymphatic system seems to be one of the lesser known processes of the body at least as far as the lay person is concerned but no less interesting for all that. Thank you! Blessings and peace

  9. So, people with either type "1,2,3,4" lymphedema, the lymphatic capillaries can be damaged thus not containing the clear lymph fluid, or other areas of the lymphatic system are not processing lymph fluid.

  10. Thus messages and exercises are good and highly recommended for people with type 1 or 2 lymphedema. Type 3 and 4 require special compressions, therapy, and diatary treatments. Messages alone help but are not enough. And it is said not to message much if the person has or had a stroke, or heart issues.

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