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Bucinator Node (Right)
Lymphoid System

Bucinator Node (Right)

Nodus bucinatorius

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Quick Facts

Location: Overlying the buccinator muscle and its fascia or within the buccal fat pad.

Drainage: The skin and subcutaneous tissues of the lower eyelid, nose, and cheek.

Direction of Flow: Submandibular nodes > jugulodigastric nodes > internal jugular nodes > supraclavicular nodes > jugular trunk > thoracic duct (left) or right lymphatic duct.

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The bucinator nodes are present only in 20–30% of the population. There are usually one or two nodes found overlying the bucinator muscle and fascia or within the buccal fat pad (Földi et al., 2012).

The drainage territory of these nodes includes an undefined region over the eye, nose, and cheek, and rarely the temporal region.

Efferent vessels connect these nodes with the submandibular nodes for drainage through the deep lateral cervical nodes.


Földi, M., Földi, E., Strößenreuther, R. and Kubik, S. (2012) Földi's Textbook of Lymphology: for Physicians and Lymphedema Therapists. Elsevier Health Sciences.

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A lymph node is an encapsulated discrete cluster of fibrovascular tissue enclosed within a dilated lymphatic sac/vessel where lymphocytes are transient migratory residents distributed in discrete lymphoid lobules, each divided into different anatomic and physiologic parts (Kelly, 1975;

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