Around 2 liters of fluid leak from the cardiovascular system into body tissues every day. While not specifically a cancer, it is a similar to a lymphoma and is often treated with chemotherapy. If the lymphatic system does not work properly, for example, if there is an obstruction, fluid may not drain effectively. An otolaryngologist may request tests to assess the cause and extent of the balance problem depending on your symptoms and health status. Other symptoms include fever, chills, and a general sense of illness. Lymph nodes can increase or decrease in size for many reasons, including response to treatment, progression of lymphoma, spontaneous regression of lymphoma, immune activation against lymphoma, infection or the resolving of infection reactive, see above , and so on. It is not intended as medical advice, but is for educational purposes.
Hyposplenia refers to a partially functioning spleen. These conditions may cause  a modest increase in circulating white blood cells and platelets , a diminished response to some vaccines , and an increased susceptibility to infection. In particular, there is an increased risk of sepsis from polysaccharide encapsulated bacteria. Encapsulated bacteria inhibit binding of complement or prevent complement assembled on the capsule from interacting with macrophage receptors.
Phagocytosis needs natural antibodies, which are immunoglobulins that facilitate phagocytosis either directly or by complement deposition on the capsule. They are produced by IgM memory B cells a subtype of B cells in the marginal zone of the spleen. A splenectomy removal of the spleen also causes asplenia and results in a greatly diminished frequency of memory B cells. An accessory spleen is a small splenic nodule extra to the spleen usually formed in early embryogenesis.
Accessory spleens are found in approximately 10 percent of the population  and are typically around 1 centimeter in diameter. Splenosis is a condition where displaced pieces of splenic tissue often following trauma or splenectomy autotransplant in the abdominal cavity as accessory spleens.
Polysplenia is a congenital disease manifested by multiple small accessory spleens,  rather than a single, full-sized, normal spleen. Polysplenia sometimes occurs alone, but it is often accompanied by other developmental abnormalities such as intestinal malrotation or biliary atresia , or cardiac abnormalities, such as dextrocardia.
These accessory spleens are non-functional. In English the word spleen was customary during the period of the 18th century. Authors like Richard Blackmore or George Cheyne employed it to characterise the hypochondriacal and hysterical affections. Must I observe you? By the gods You shall digest the venom of your spleen, Though it do split you; for, from this day forth, I'll use you for my mirth, yea, for my laughter, When you are waspish.
In French , "splénétique" refers to a state of pensive sadness or melancholy. It has been popularized by the poet Charles Baudelaire — but was already used before in particular to the Romantic literature 19th century. The French word for the organ is " rate ". The connection between spleen the organ and melancholy the temperament comes from the humoral medicine of the ancient Greeks. One of the humours body fluid was the black bile , secreted by the spleen organ and associated with melancholy.
In contrast, the Talmud tractate Berachoth 61b refers to the spleen as the organ of laughter while possibly suggesting a link with the humoral view of the organ. In eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England, women in bad humor were said to be afflicted by the spleen, or the vapours of the spleen. In modern English, "to vent one's spleen" means to vent one's anger , e. Similarly, the English term " splenetic " is used to describe a person in a foul mood.
The spleen also plays an important role in Traditional Chinese Medicine and is the Yin part of the Earth element paired with its Yang counterpart the Stomach. In cartilaginous and ray-finned fish , it consists primarily of red pulp and is normally somewhat elongated, as it lies inside the serosal lining of the intestine.
In many amphibians , especially frogs , it has the more rounded form and there is often a greater quantity of white pulp. In reptiles , birds, and mammals , white pulp is always relatively plentiful, and in birds and mammals the spleen is typically rounded, but it adjusts its shape somewhat to the arrangement of the surrounding organs. In most vertebrates, the spleen continues to produce red blood cells throughout life; only in mammals this function is lost in middle-aged adults.
Many mammals have tiny spleen-like structures known as haemal nodes throughout the body that are presumed to have the same function as the spleen.
In cetaceans and manatees they tend to be quite small, but in deep diving pinnipeds , they can be quite massive, due to their function of storing red blood cells. The only vertebrates lacking a spleen are the lampreys and hagfishes the Cyclostomata. Even in these animals, there is a diffuse layer of haematopoeitic tissue within the gut wall, which has a similar structure to red pulp and is presumed to be homologous with the spleen of higher vertebrates.
In mice the spleen stores half the body's monocytes so that upon injury, they can migrate to the injured tissue and transform into dendritic cells and macrophages and so assist wound healing.
Tender red streaks often radiate from the wound toward the nearest lymph glands. Other symptoms include fever, chills, and a general sense of illness. If left untreated, complications can occur, and the condition can become very serious. Lymphangitis is sometimes incorrectly called blood poisoning.
Infectious lymphangitis occurs when bacteria or viruses enter the lymphatic channels. They may enter through a cut or wound, or they may grow from an existing infection. The most common infectious cause of lymphangitis is acute streptococcal infection. It may also be the result of a staphylococcal staph infection. Both of these are bacterial infections. This might mean that bacteria will soon enter your bloodstream.
Complications such as sepsis , a life-threatening condition of body-wide inflammation, can occur as a result. A cat or dog bite or a wound made in fresh water can also become infected and lead to lymphangitis. Gardeners and farmers may develop the condition if they get sporotrichosis, a soil-borne fungal infection. There are also noninfectious causes of lymphangitis. Inflammation of lymph vessels can occur due to malignancy: Breast, lung, stomach, pancreas, rectal, and prostate cancers are common types of tumors that can lead to lymphangitis.
Red streaks often trace the surface of the skin from the infected area to the nearest lymph gland. They may be faint or very visible and tender to the touch. They may extend from a wound or cut. In some cases, the streaks may blister. To diagnose lymphangitis, your doctor will perform a physical exam. Your doctor may also order tests such as a biopsy to reveal the cause of the swelling or a blood culture to see if the infection is present in your blood.
Treatment should begin immediately to keep the condition from spreading. Your doctor may recommend the following:. You can aid healing and ease the pain by using a hot compress at home. Run hot water over a washcloth or towel and apply it to the tender area.
Do this three times a day. Infections that cause lymphadenopathy include bacterial infections such as strep throat, locally infected skin wounds, or viral infections such as mononucleosis or HIV infection, Hamrick stated.
In some areas of the body the enlarged lymph nodes are palpable, while others are to deep to feel and can be seen on CT scan or MRI.
Inflammatory or autoimmune conditions occur when a person's immune system is active, and can result in enlargement of lymph nodes. This can happen in lupus, according to Hamrick. Lymphoma is cancer of the lymph nodes. It occurs when lymphocytes grow and multiply uncontrollably. There are a number of different types of lymphoma, according to Dr. Sharman , director of research at Willamette Valley Cancer Institute and medical director of hematology research for the U.
Non-Hodgkin lymphoma is more common of the two, according to the Lymphoma Research Foundation. This most commonly occurs in women who have had surgery to remove a breast cancer. Part of the operation to remove the breast cancer involves removing lymph nodes in the armpit. The more lymph nodes removed the higher the risk of chronic bothersome swelling and pain due to lymphedema in the arm, Hamrick explained. Some interesting research has been done on why people possibly get lymphoma.
From the research, they estimated that the risk of developing anaplastic large cell lymphoma in the breast after getting implants is 1 in 35, at age 50 , 1 in 12, at age 70, and 1 in 7, at age The study was published in the Jan.
Castleman disease is a group of inflammatory disorders that cause lymph node enlargement and can result in multiple-organ dysfunction, according to the Castleman Disease Cooperative Network.
While not specifically a cancer, it is a similar to a lymphoma and is often treated with chemotherapy. It can be unicentric one lymph node or multicentric, involving multiple lymph nodes. It is thought to be the result of a genetic mutation. Tonsil stones are another problem that can happen to the lymphatic system. Small bits of debris catches on the tonsils and white blood cells attack the debris and leave behind hard a hard biofilm that breaths oxygen. They are not smooth like regular stones, though.
Usually, tonsil stones fall away and get swallowed, but sometimes they need to be manually removed. Diseases of the lymphatic system are usually diagnosed when lymph nodes are enlarged, Hamrick noted. This may be discovered when the lymph nodes become enlarged enough to be felt "palpable lymphadenopathy" or are seen on imaging studies such as CT scans or MRIs.
The majority of enlarged lymph nodes are not dangerous; they are the body's way of fighting off an infection, such as a viral upper respiratory infection.
If the lymph nodes become significantly enlarged and persist longer than the infection, then they are more worrisome. There is no specific size cutoff, but typically nodes that persist at larger than a centimeter are more worrisome and warrant examination by a doctor.