The most common diseases of the lymphatic system are lymphedema, lymphadenopathy, and cancer (lymphoma).
The lymphatic system is responsible for ridding the body of unwanted toxins and waste products. Through a network of tissues and organs it transports lymph, a fluid containing white blood cells which help fight infections. Disorders of the lymphatic system are usually caused to lymph nodes, which filter lymph of any toxins.
Infection, skin changes, discoloration of the skin, blisters, and fluid leaking from the skin are all symptoms of lymphatic dysfunction.
Lymphadenopathy is a common condition of autoimmune diseases like lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, erythematosus, and sarcoidosis.
Lymphatic system problems are usually caused by bacterial infections like strep throat, viral infections like mononucleosis or HIV, and inflammation caused by autoimmune disease.
The lymphatic system is responsible for ridding the body of unwanted toxins and waste products. Through a network of tissues and organs, it transports lymph, a fluid containing white blood cells that help fight infections. The tonsils, thymus, adenoids, and spleen are part of the lymphatic system.
Diseases that affect the lymphatic system are usually treated by immunologists. The following is a lymphatic system diseases list: Hodgkin’s disease/Hodgkin’s lymphoma Lymphoma Lymphadenopathy Lymphadenitis Lymphangitis Lymphedema Lymphocytosis
One of the most common lymphatic system diseases is the enlargement of lymph nodes or lymphadenopathy. It is usually caused by bacterial infections like strep throat, viral infections like mononucleosis or HIV, and inflammation due to lymphatic autoimmune diseases. Lymphedema is the swelling of lymph nodes due to blockage.
Lymphoma, or cancer of the lymph nodes, is also among the most common lymphatic system disorders. It occurs when lymphocytes grow and multiply at an uncontrollable rate, causing enlarged lymph nodes on the neck, groin, and armpits. Symptoms include fever, pain, night sweats, chills, and weight loss.
Lymphatic disease treatment will involve treatment of the underlying cause. Infections causing lymphedema or lymphadenopathy will be treated with antibiotics, antiviral, and hospital supportive care (IV drips and monitoring). Lymphoma can be treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, surgery, and certain medications.
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