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Jugulodigastric Node
Lymphoid System

Jugulodigastric Node

Nodus jugulodigastricus

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Location: In a triangle bordered posteriorly by the internal jugular vein, inferiorly by the common facial vein, and superiorly by the posterior belly of digastric.

Drainage: The tongue, pharynx, and palatine tonsils.

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

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Often the largest lymph node in the neck, the jugulodigastric node is located just below the inferior margin of the mandible, close to the insertion of masseter muscle. This node receives lymph from the tongue, pharynx, and palatine tonsils. For this reason, the jugulodigastric lymph node typically becomes swollen during tonsil infections (Földi et al., 2012).

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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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Lymph nodes (LN) are secondary lymphoid organs distributed throughout the body located alongside the lymphatic vasculature that drains peripheral tissues and organs of the body to deliver molecules, antigens, microorganisms, and cells such as lymphocytes and antigen-presenting cells (APCs) from the tissues [151].

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