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Intracapsular Submandibular Nodes (Right)
Lymphoid System

Intracapsular Submandibular Nodes (Right)

Nodi submandibulares intracapsulares

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Quick Facts

Location: Within the capsule surrounding the submandibular gland, along the inferior border of the mandible.

Drainage: Submandibular gland, floor of oral cavity, tongue, palate, gingiva, teeth, and skin covering the eyelids, lips, and chin.

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

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The intracapsular lymph nodes are primarily responsible for draining lymph fluid from the submandibular gland. They consist of one or two nodes and are located within the capsule surrounding the submandibular gland. They also receive afferents from the skin covering parts of the face and the oral cavity.

Efferent vessels connect these nodes to the retroglandular submandibular and the jugulodigastric nodes. From there, lymph fluid drains into the internal jugular nodes and on to the thoracic duct (left) or the right lymphatic duct via the supraclavicular nodes (Földi et al., 2012).

List of Clinical Correlates

—Oral, tooth or cutaneous infections or malignancies


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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