thoracic duct


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thoracic duct

[thə′ras·ik ′dəkt]
(anatomy)
The common lymph trunk beginning in the crura of the diaphragm at the level of the last thoracic vertebra, passing upward, and emptying into the left subclavian vein at its junction with the left internal jugular vein.
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13] In patients with KS, the pleural effusion is a chylothorax in about 2% of cases, which suggests involvement of the thoracic duct by the tumour.
Cervical thoracic duct cysts typically occur adjacent to the confluence of the left subclavian and internal jugular veins in the supraclavicular fossa, deep to the sternocleidomastoid muscle, and lateral to the carotid sheath.
Transport of cholesterol in thoracic duct lymph and serum of Rhesus monkeys fed cholesterol with various food fats.
Chylothorax may contribute to symptomatic dyspnoea in LAM and occurs by one of three mechanisms: 1) obstruction of the thoracic duct and its tributaries; 2) leakage from pleural lymphatics; and 3) transdiaphragmatic flow from chylous ascites.
The therapist uses various-sized quartz crystal tools directly over the thoracic duct, nodal complexes and lymphatic vessels in the trunk or limbs during treatment.
Cervical thoracic duct cysts occur infrequently but are an important consideration when evaluating cystic supraclavicular masses.
Deep lymphatic therapy (DLT) is an effective and innovative modality, specifically targeting the thoracic duct, deep lymphatic vessels and nodal complexes.
The anatomy of the thoracic duct varies considerably, rendering it prone to disruption during thoracic surgery.
Other complications include superior vena cava syndrome, septic thrombophlebitis, brachial plexopathy, and thoracic duct obstruction.
The possible reasons of persistent pleural effusions are absence of fenestration, high CVP, injury of thoracic duct, significant aortopulmonary collaterals.
What happens is the thoracic duct (the body,s largest lymphatic vessel), which transports lymph fluid from the intestines to venous circulation, ruptures and this milky substance works its way into the intrapleural area.