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The lymphatic system parallels the cardiovascular system see the images below the lymphatic system is unique in that it is a 1 way system that returns lymph fluid via vessels to the cardiovascular system for eventual elimination of toxic byproducts by end organs such as the kidney liver colon skin and lungsthe lymphatic system is a subsystem of the circulatory system in the vertebrate body that consists of a complex network of vessels tissues and organs it helps maintain fluid balance in the body by collecting excess fluid and particulate matter from tissues and depositing them in the bloodstreamthe lymphatic system is the site of many key immune system functions it is important to distinguish that immune system functions can happen almost anywhere in the body while the lymphatic system is its own system where many immune system functions take place besides immune system function the lymphatic system has many functions of its ownthe lymphatic system is part of the immune system with about 600 nodes and a vast network of vessels penetrating nearly every tissue the lymphatic system helps the body to balance fluids fight the lymphatic system lacks a pump under normal conditions lymphatic vessels are low pressure conduits and the same mechanism that promotes venous return in blood vessels acts here as well the milking action of skeletal muscles pressure changes in the thorax during breathing and valves to prevent backflow

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