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lymph vessels are like blood vessels
and they carry fluid similar in composition to blood plasma (only that they carry clear fluid
containing less protein than blood plasma and numerous white blood cells which help to fight
infection, especially lymphocytes), the body tissues are bathed in lymph from the blood
, then the lymph vessels drain the lymph away just like the vein drains deoxygenated blood
from body back to the heart, in a situation whereby the drainage of lymph by the lymph
vessels is interupted, there is accumulation of fluid in that part of the body causing edema(
excessive accumulation of fluid in the body)
so the lymph vessels are important for drainage of lymph throughout the body and due
to this they are able to carry antibodies(foreign micro organisms in the body) to the lymph node to be destroyed.
all the lymph that is collected goes to the thoracic duct and right lymphatic duct which then empty back into the blood.