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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These conditions are usually caused by obstruction and/or disruption of the thoracic duct or one of its major divisions in the chest and abdomen.
The contemporary management of chyle leak following cervical thoracic duct damage.
Alternatively, sudden compression of the lipemic and engorged mesenteric lymphatics, adjacent nodes, and lower thoracic duct aggravated by deformations associated with stretching and tearing motions may also directly disrupt chyle containing lymphatics (6).
The aim of the study was to identify the changes of the frequency amplitude of spontaneous rhythmic contractions of the thoracic duct at acute and chronic intoxication with phenylhydrazine and on the correction drug Salsocollin.
Chyle is conducted from intestinal lymphatics to the cisterna chyli, which eventually drains into the left subclavian vein via the thoracic duct through the posterior mediastinum.
The thoracic duct is the largest lymphatic vessel in the body, draining lymph and chyle from the subdiaphragmatic body, left arm and chest (except for the lower lobe of the left lung) into the left brachiocephalic vein.
The effect of dietary fat load on the size and composition of chylomicrons in thoracic duct lymph.
Often clients experience shortness of breath, or tightness in the chest--possibly related to thoracic duct congestion.
1) It may be caused by extensive mediastinal lymph node dissection with injury to the thoracic duct and/or its tributaries.
The nerves (vagal nerve and phrenic nerve), thoracic duct or LIMA itself may damage during surgery via supraclavicular approach, but with meticulous dissection, these complications can be avoided.
The left supraclavicular lymph nodes are located close to the entry of the thoracic duct into the left subclavian vein, into which they drain (via the left jugular trunk).