*The lymphatic system is our body’s ‘sewerage system’.
*It maintains fluid levels in our body tissues by removing all fluids that
leak out of our blood vessels.
*The lymph nodes monitor the lymph flowing into them and produce
cells and antibodies which protect our body from infection and disease.
*The spleen and thymus are lymphatic organs that monitor the blood
and detect and respond to pathogens and malignant cells.
*The lymphatic system plays an important role in the absorption of fats
from the intestine.
*When the lymph system is not formed well or has been damaged by
surgery, radiotherapy or tissue damage, a swelling of a part of the
body may occur (most commonly the legs or arms). When this swelling
lasts more than about 3 months it is called lymphoedema.
*When its not functioning well the lymph system may have a role in
obesity, Crohn’s disease and other disorders.