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Right lymphatic duct

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Overview of the anatomy, function and main structures of the lymphatic system.

The right lymphatic duct is a terminal lymphatic vessel located in the neck, anterior to the anterior scalene muscle.

It is typically formed by the union of the right bronchomediastinal, right jugular and right subclavian lymphatic trunks, although its formation is highly variable. It is about 1-2 cm in length and is less distinguishable when compared to its left counterpart, the thoracic duct.

The right lymphatic duct receives lymph from the right side of the head, neck and thorax and right upper limb. It drains into the systemic venous system at the junction of the right internal jugular and right subclavian vein or right brachiocephalic vein within the neck.

Terminology English: Right lymphatic duct 
Latin: Ductus lymphaticus dexter
Definition Terminating lymphatic vessel formed by the union of the right bronchomediastinal, jugular and subclavian lymphatic trunks
Drainage area Right side of the head, neck, thorax, right upper limb

Take a closer look at the lymphatics of the head and neck with the study unit below: 

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