Strandness, D. Eugene, Jr. Department of Surgery, University of Washington School of Medicine, Seattle, Washington.
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Pathologies and abnormal conditions that involve the arteries, veins, and lymphatics. The vascular system consists of the vessels that circulate blood and lymph throughout the body. In other words, the vascular system comprises the vessels of the circulatory or cardiovascular system (Fig. 1) and those of the lymphatic system. Any inflammation or weakness of the network of arteries, veins, capillaries, and lymph vessels can constitute a vascular disorder. In the most serious vascular disorders, severe disability and death can result. See also: Cardiovascular system; Circulation; Circulation disorders; Lymphatic system
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