Lymphatic System I. General Anatomy of Lymphatic System

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Lecture 14: Lymphatic System
I. General Anatomy of Lymphatic System
A. Diffuse Lymphatic Tissue - not enclosed in capsule
1. mucous membranes of GI, respiratory, urogenital
B. Lymphatic Nodules - not enclosed, oval shaped regions
1. germinal center - site of large lymphocytes

2. cortex - peripheral, smaller lymphocytes

3. mucous membranes of GI, respiratory, urogenital

4. tonsils, Peyer's patches of ileum, appendix

C. Lymphatic Organs - encapsulated by connective tissue
1. lymph nodes, spleen, thymus
II. General Functions of Lymphatic System
A. Drainage - returns interstitial fluid to circulation
B. Transport - move fats from GI to the blood
C. Immunity - lymphocytes and macrophages ward off microbes
III. Lymph Organization
A. Lymph Capillaries --> Lymph Vessels
B. Lymph Nodes - bean-shaped structures along lymph vessels
1. hilum - depression where efferent vessels emerge

2. capsule - dense connective tissue around node

3. cortex - outer region with many lymphocytes

4. medulla - inner region, less densely packed

5. afferent lymph vessels - toward the node

6. efferent lymph vessels - away from the node

7. FUNCTION: filter lymph fluid returning to blood
C. Tonsils - ring of nodules at start of pharynx
1. pharyngeal tonsil (adenoid) - posterior nasopharynx

2. palantine tonsils - at palantine arches

3. lingual tonsils - at base of the tongue
4. FUNCTION: defense against infection

D. Spleen - lymph tissue between stomach and diaphragm

1. visceral surface - to stomach, left kidney, colon

2. diaphragmatic surface

3. white pulp - dense lymphocytes around arteries

a. splenic nodules - dense lymph nodules

4. red pulp - venous sinuses filled with blood
5. FUNCTION: phagocytizes bacteria and old blood cells
E. Thymus Gland - posterior to sternum and between lungs
1. thymic lobes - two halves of thymus

2. epithilioreticular tissue - produces T cells

3. FUNCTION: release hormones and T cells for immunity

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