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Malar Node (Right)
Lymphoid System

Malar Node (Right)

Nodus malaris

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Quick Facts

Location: Superficial to the zygomatic process of the maxilla, intercalated on the lymphatic channels of the parotid.

Drainage: Skin over the eyelids and temporal region.

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

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The malar nodes are the most consistent of the facial nodes and are found intercalated with the vertical lymphatic vessels associated with the parotid nodes, thus drainage these nodes in towards the parotid gland. From here, drainage occurs via the deep lateral cervical nodes and on to the jugular trunk and supraclavicular nodes (Bou-Assaly, 2016).

The drainage territory of these nodes is shared with a number of other nodes.


Bou-Assaly, W. (2016) 'The forgotten lymph nodes: Review of the superficial head and neck lymphatic system', Journal of Radiology and Imaging, 1(1), pp. 9-13.

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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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