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The structural levels of organisation are as follows: Cellular The lymphatic vessels are lined by the simple squamous epithelium that form the endothelium and are called lymphatic endothelial cells. The endothelium forms an interface between the lymph and the vessel wall. The endothelial cells of the lymphatic system loosely overlap, unlike the vascular endothelial cells of the blood vessels. They loosely overlap so when the fluid pressure increases in the surrounding regions they can separate to allow the excess fluid to enter the lymph capillary. Tissue There are 4 different types of tissues in the human body, epithelial, connective, muscular and nervous. One of the main ones to look at with the lymphatic system is epithelial tissue. The epithelial tissues have many functions but the ones that affects the lymphatic system are diffusion and cleaning. Organ The organs that make up the lymphatic system are the lymph nodes – small, oval or bean shaped and mainly found in the inguinal (groin), axillary (armpit) and mammary gland areas, the thymus – a bilobed organ located in the upper chest region between the lungs, posterior to the sternum and the spleen – which measures about 12 cm in length. It is located on the left side of the body, inferior to the diaphragm and at the left edge of the stomach. Organism The highest level of organization is the organism. An organism is a living being that has a cellular structure and that can independently perform all physiologic functions necessary for life. In multicellular organisms, including humans, all cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems of the body work together to form the organism. The lymphatic system includes lymph (a clear fluid), the lymph vessels and the lymph nodes (or gl... ... middle of paper ... ... include how you would manage this The client will need doctor's permission to have this treatment because she has previously had breast cancer and finished chemotherapy 6 weeks ago. May also need to avoid the chemotherapy port on the client. • Relevant medical history and medication The client is currently recovering from breast cancer and finished chemotherapy treatment 6 weeks ago. • Outcomes of previous treatments Client has never had a lymphatic drainage massage before. Q3 Provide aftercare service and advice using correct terminology The client should drink plenty of water afterwards to help flush the lymph from the body. Caffeine and alcohol should be avoided as it can cause headaches, nausea and lethargy as it adds even more toxins to the body. Client should get plenty of rest after the treatment and eat lightly so the body can concentrate on lymph drainage.
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