The lymphatic system is part of the body's immune system and helps protect us from infection and disease. It is made up of fine tubes called lymphatic vessels. These vessels connect to groups of small lymph nodes throughout the body.
The lymphatic system does different things:
- it acts as a one-way drainage system – this means it moves fluid from body tissues into the blood circulation
- it contains white blood cells called lymphocytes, which fight infection
- it gets rid of any waste that cells make.
We have more information on the lymphatic system.
What are lymph nodes?
Lymph nodes are sometimes called lymph glands. They filter bacteria (germs) and disease from the lymph fluid. When you have an infection, lymph nodes often swell as they fight the infection.
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