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1 Lymphatic System Disorders HLTAP501A Analyse Health Information

2 2 Lymphatic System Disorders Disorders of immunity  Allergies  Immediate response Related to antibody response to an allergen Histamine causes small blood vessels in the area to become dilated and more permeable leading to oedema or increased secretion of mucus  Anaphylactic shock Whole body allergic response Medical emergency  Delayed response Lymphokines not histamine released Eg. Contact dermatitis

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4 4 Hypersensitivity Reactions Type I – Allergy  IgE bound to mast cells; release of histamine and chemical mediators  Immediate effects: eg. Hay fever, anaphylaxis Type II – cytotoxic  IgG or IgM reacts with antigen on cell – complement activated  Cell lysis and phagocytosis: ABO compatability Immune complex  Antigen-antibody complex deposits in tissue- complement activated  Inflammation, vasculitis: SLE, glomerulonephritis Cell-mediated or delayed  Antigen binds to T-lymphocytes; sensitised lymphocyte releases lymphokines  Delayed inflammation: contact dermatitis, transplant rejection

5 5 Anaphylaxis

6 6 Second or subsequent exposure to antigen eg. penicillin Antigen binds with IgE antibodies Mast cell releases large amount of histamine into general circulation Cardiovascular Vasodilation & Increased capillary permeability Skin Nerve ending irritated Lungs Constriction of bronchioles; release of mucus Decreased blood pressure, faint, weak itching Airways obstructed; cough, dyspnoea Severe oxygen deficit to the brain Effects of anaphylaxis

7 7 Emergency treatment anaphylaxis – a medical emergency  Epinephrine should be injected immediately  Highly allergic people advised to carry EpiPen with them  Oxygen  Injectable antihistamine  Treat for shock: keep warm  Summon help, ambulance, hospital  CPR may be necessary

8 8 Immunodeficiencies Congenital  Severe combined immune deficiency (SCID)  Caused by disruption of stem cell development  ‘bubble children’ Acquired  Acquired immunodeficiency disease (AIDS)  Attacks helper T cell – cripples the immune system

9 9 Autoimmune diseases When body loses ability to recognize its own cells and produces antibodies against them.  Multiple sclerosis (MS)  Myasthenia gravis  Grave’s disease  Juvenile diabetes mellitus  Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE)  Glomerulonephritis  Rheumatoid arthritis (RA)

10 10 SLE  An inflammatory multi-system disorder characterised by widespread vasculitis affecting capillaries, arterioles and venules  Peak age of onset years – women more than men  Aetiology unknown  Predisposing factors  Hereditary  Genetics  Environmental triggers

11 11 SLE

12 12 SLE Clinical manifestations  Joints and muscles  Skin  Lungs  Heart and cardiovascular system  Renal  Nervous system  Eyes  Gastrointestinal system

13 13 SLE Investigations  Blood  Histology  Diagnostic imaging Management  Recurs and remits  Medications to manage symptoms eg. NSAIDs  Corticosteroids

14 14 Lymphoedema Accumulation of lymph in the soft tissues due to obstruction to the flow of lymph through the lymphatic system. Inflammation and fibrosis occurs if untreated.  Primary lymphoedema  Structural problems with lymphatic system  May be congenital  Secondary lymphoedema  Caused by the obstruction of the lymphatic system  Due to surgery, radiation therapy, trauma, parasites, neoplasms, and allergic reactions

15 15 Lymphoedema

16 16 Lymphoedema clinical manifestations  Affected area feels heavy  Skin feels tight and close to bursting point  Skin is hotter than other areas of the body  Aches  Numbness  Pins and needles  Darting pains  Painful joints  Swelling

17 17 Lymphoedema treatment  Complex physical therapy  Compression bandages  Lymphatic drainage massage  Special exercises  Medications  Massage  Low level laser therapy  Surgery

18 18 Lymphoedema nursing care  Maintain skin hygiene  Avoid local heat to area  Maintain CPT program  Handle limb carefully  Avoid restrictive clothing  Don’t take blood pressure on affected limb  Observe for signs of injury or infections

19 19 Lymphoma Malignant neoplasms involving lymphocyte proliferation in the lymph nodes  Hodgkin’s lymphoma Occurs primarily in adults years Involves single node at first then spreads to others  S&S Lymph node – enlarged, nontender Splenomegaly General signs of cancer – weight loss, anaemia, low- grade fever and night sweats, and fatigue Generalised pruritus Recurrent infection  Treatment Radiation, chemotherapy, surgery

20 20 Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma  Incidence increasing  Initial manifestation is enlarged, painless lymph nodes.  Clinical symptoms similar to Hodgkin’s  Distinguished by multiple node involvement scattered throughout the body and widespread metastases

21 21 Multiple myeloma  Neoplastic disease of unknown aetiology occurs in older adults (involves plasma cells – B lymphocytes)  Malignant plasma cells replace the bone marrow and erode the bone  Blood cell production is impaired as well as production of antibodies  Multiple tumours  Treatment is chemotherapy – prognosis – survival 3 years

22 22 Lymphadenopathy Lymph nodes abnormal size, consistency or number Generalised  Enlarged in two or more non contiguous areas Localised  Lymph nodes usually become enlarged when there is infection or neoplasm involvement


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