Lymph Nodes Directory
Lymph nodes are small glands in the body. They are part of the lymphatic system, which carries lymph fluid, nutrients, and waste material between the body tissues and the bloodstream. The lymphatic system is an important part of the immune system, the body's defense system against disease. The lymph nodes filter lymph fluid as it flows through them, trapping bacteria, viruses, and other foreign substances, which are then destroyed by special white blood cells. When a part of the body is infected, the nearby lymph nodes become swollen as they collect and destroy the infecting organisms. For example, if a person has a throat infection, the lymph nodes in the neck may swell and become tender. In addition, cancer can spread to other parts of the body through the lymphatic system. Follow the links below to find WebMD's comprehensive coverage about lymph nodes, what they look like, what to do if they swell, and much more.
Find out about the causes, symptoms, and treatment of Castleman disease, a rare condition that causes too many cells to grow in your lymph nodes.
Retroperitoneal Lymph Node Dissection-Topic Overview
Retroperitoneal lymph node dissection (RPLND) is surgery often used to treat testicular cancer. It is done to remove lymph nodes that may be cancerous from the lower back and pelvis. During the early phases of stage I nonseminoma testicular cancer,it can be very difficult to tell whether these lymph nodes are cancerous without surgically removing them first. For this reason,RPLND may be ...
Swollen Lymph Nodes-Topic Overview
What are lymph nodes?Lymph nodes are small, bean - shaped glands throughout the body. They are part of the lymphatic system, which carries fluid (lymph fluid), nutrients, and waste material between the body tissues and the bloodstream. The lymphatic system is an important part of the immune system, the body's defense system against disease. The lymph nodes filter lymph fluid as it flows through ..
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