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Unformatted text preview: patients. Healthcare facilities are crawling with opportunistic infections, and immunosuppressed patients would be the first to acquire them. Fluid leak into the interstitial spaces is normal, and results from the filteration of plasma from blood flow through capillaries. Interstitial fluid is essential, as it provides a medium for components of the blood to filter into body cells. The fluid is usually drained by the lymphatic system or absorbed into the tissue cells/blood stream. As long as the fluid is not stagnant and does not build up, the patient will be healthy. If a patient is diagnosed with edema, his lymphatic system has malfunctioned; edema causes swelling in the affected area, and occurs when the interstitial fluid is not properly recycled. As long as the body systems are working properly, interstitial fluid leak is normal and does not have any negative consequences....
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2011 for the course VTPP 434 taught by Professor Wasser during the Fall '10 term at Texas A&M.
- Fall '10