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Lymph Nodes of Lower Limb (Left)
Lymphoid System

Lymph Nodes of Lower Limb (Left)

Nodi lymphoidei membri inferioris

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Lymphatics of the lower limb are divided into superficial and deep systems.

The lymphatic vessels of the superficial system tend to accompany the saphenous veins and their tributaries. Vessels accompanying the great saphenous vein drain into either the superficial or deep inguinal lymph nodes, while those accompanying the small saphenous vein drain into the popliteal lymph nodes that lie within the popliteal fossa.

The lymphatic vessels of the deep system accompany the deep veins. They carry lymph to the popliteal lymph nodes, which then direct lymph to the deep inguinal nodes.

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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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