Structures Within The Digestive System

Lymphoid structures make up the largest part of the RES. Lymphoid structures are collections of cells associated with circulatory systems (to be discussed in lesson 9).

a. Tonsils are associated with the posterior portions of the respiratory and digestive areas in the head, primarily in the region of the pharynx. The tonsils are masses of lymphoid tissue.

b. Other lymphoid aggregations are found in the walls of the small intestines.

c. The vermiform appendix, attached to the cecum of the large intestine, is also a mass of lymphoid tissue. It is the "tonsil" of the intestines.

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