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Lymphatics of lung (anatomy)

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There are lymphatic channels throughout the lung substance but they converge on two sets of plexuses:

  • superficial lymph plexuses
  • deep lymph plexuses

Both systems drain sequentially to a chain of nodes passing from:

  • the convergence of vessels near the hilum of each lung: the pulmonary or bronchopulmonary nodes
  • to the region of the trachea: tracheobronchial nodes
  • superiorly to the mediastinum: the bronchomediastinal trunk
  • merge with junction of subclavian and internal jugular vein or thoracic duct

There are a few anomalies to this system; see submenu.

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