Right lymphatic duct

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Right lymphatic duct
The thoracic and right lymphatic ducts. (Right lymphatic duct is labeled at upper left.)
Terminal collecting trunks of right side. a. Jugular trunk. b. Subclavian trunk. c. Bronchomediastinal trunk. d. Right lymphatic trunk. e. Gland of internal mammary chain. f. Gland of deep cervical chain.
SystemLymphatic system
Sourceright jugular trunk
Drains tointernal jugular vein
Latinductus lymphaticus dexter
Anatomical terminology

The right lymphatic duct, about 1.25 cm. in length, courses along the medial border of the Scalenus anterior at the root of the neck. The right lymphatic duct forms various combinations with the right subclavian vein and right internal jugular vein. A right lymphatic duct that enters directly into the junction of the internal jugular and subclavian veins is uncommon.[1] The discovery of this structure has been credited to Niels Stensen.[2]


The right duct drains lymph fluid from:

  • the upper right section of the trunk, (right thoracic cavity, via the right bronchomediastinal trunk),
  • the right arm (via the right subclavian trunk),
  • and right side of the head and neck (via the right jugular trunk),
  • also, in some individuals, the lower lobe of the left lung.[3]

All other sections of the human body are drained by the thoracic duct.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 691 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  1. ^ Bergman RA, AK Afifi, R Miyauchi, Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus II: Cardiovascular System: Listing of the Cardiovascular System By Region: Lymphatics. http://www.anatomyatlases.org/AnatomicVariants/Cardiovascular/Directory/Region/ArteriesLymphatics.shtml (Accessed 7-29-13)
  2. ^ JE Skandalakis. Surgical Anatomy: The Embryologic And Anatomic Basis Of Modern Surgery (2004).
  3. ^ Michael Schuenke; Erik Schulte; Udo Schumacher; Lawrence M. Ross; Edward D. Lamperti; Markus Voll; Karl Wesker (24 May 2006). Thieme atlas of anatomy: Neck and internal organs. Thieme. pp. 136–. ISBN 978-3-13-142111-1. Retrieved 1 June 2010.

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