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Popliteal Nodes (Left)
Lymphoid System

Popliteal Nodes (Left)

Nodi poplitei

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Popliteal lymph nodes are embedded within the adipose tissue of the popliteal fossa. There are usually one to three superficial popliteal lymph nodes located deep to the popliteal fascia, near the termination of the small saphenous vein. The deep popliteal lymph nodes are located medial to, or on both sides of the popliteal artery.

The popliteal lymph nodes drain the lower leg of lymph and transport it to the deep inguinal lymph nodes, and to a lesser extent, the superficial inguinal lymph nodes.

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The popliteal lymph node, situated in the back of the knee can, for instance, be shielded from respiratory motion through the application of mechanical fixtures to bony pivots of the spine and the hip [36,84], while imaging of the brain or the skull bone marrow benefits from the use of stereotactic holders [109,155].

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