Lymph fluid re-routed? Helped by physical activity?

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Question from JPP: Does the body find a way to re-route drainage of lymph fluid after ALL lymph nodes are removed from under one arm? Does physical activity encourage this?
Answers - Linda Miller Yes, there are actually several different routes by which the arm drains. Not all of those drainage points actually go through the axilla. So there are alternative routes through which the arm can drain. Exercise and physical activity does increase lymphatic flow.
Kristin Brill, M.D., F.A.C.S. It encourages other pathways to compensate for what was removed.

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