In the tissue lymphatic vessels that run along the blood vessels and empty through the caval vein into the blood circulation.

The lymphatic system has the following functions:

Involvement in the immune defense
Regulation of the body fluids between the cells
Transport of metabolic end-products
The transport of the lymphatic fluids is effected by rhythmic contraction of the vascular muscles. Those motions are enhanced by the contractions of skeletal muscles.

Disorders of the lymphatic system can result into lymph-edema. A lymhedema is a visible and tactile swelling caused by the accumulation of liquids in the tissue.

Deoxygenated blood is pumped back to the heart and to the lungs, where the blood is oxygenated again.

A special pump system, the so called muscular pump, makes sure that the venous blood is moved from the limbs against gravity in direction to the heart. Walking or any other movement of the limbs causes an alternation of contraction and relaxation of the vessels. This interaction presses the blood forwards while functional valves in the veins prevent a return flow.

Disorders of the venous flow (Chronic venous insufficiency) lead to edema and skin reaction as local inflammation, discoloration, thickening, and an increased risk of ulcers. The slowing down of the venous blood flow favors the development of blood clots in the veins (thrombosis).

The use of Intermittient Pneumatic Compression (IPC) is an essential component of today’s treatment of lymphatic and circulatory disorders.


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