Right lymphatic duct

Right lymphatic duct
Lymph: 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.
Latin ductus lymphaticus dexter
Gray's subject #176 691
Source right jugular trunk
Drains to internal jugular vein
Dorlands/Elsevier Right lymphatic duct

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. In most cases it ends in the right subclavian vein, at its angle of junction with the right internal jugular vein, although the termination can be variable, however this is not proven.

Its orifice is guarded by two semilunar valves, which prevent the passage of venous blood into the duct.



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. [1]

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


The discovery of this structure has been credited to Niels Stensen.[2]

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See also


  1. ^ 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 9783131421111. http://books.google.com/books?id=n0jqG0Lv2CAC&pg=PA136. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 
  2. ^ JE Skandalakis. Surgical Anatomy: The Embryologic And Anatomic Basis Of Modern Surgery (2004).

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