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The lymphatic capillaries function to absorb the excess protein-containing interstitial fluid and return it to the bloodstream.
About 3 liters of fluid are lost to the tissue spaces every 24 hours and are returned to the bloodstream as lymph.
Because lymph vessels are very low-pressure conduits, movements of adjacent tissues are important in propelling lymph through the lymphatics.
When tissues are inflamed, lymphatic capillaries develop openings that permit uptake of large particles such as cell debris, pathogens, and cancer cells.
The cisterna chyli collects lymph from the lumbar trunks draining the upper limbs and from the intestinal trunk draining the digestive organs.
If even a small part of the spleen is left in a ten-year-old child, it will most likely regenerate itself.
The most important role of the spleen is to provide a site for lymphocyte proliferation and immune surveillance and response.
Anaphylactic shock can result from an immediate hypersensitivity where the allergen enters the blood.
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