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Posterolateral Superficial Lymph Vessels of Lower Limb (Right)
Lymphoid System

Posterolateral Superficial Lymph Vessels of Lower Limb (Right)

Vasa lymphatica membri inferioris superficialis posterolateralis

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Quick Facts

Location: Posterolateral aspect of the lower limb.

Drainage: Skin and subcutaneous tissue of the lateral foot, heel, lateral ankle, and posterior leg.

Direction of Flow: Superficial popliteal lymph nodes > deep popliteal lymph nodes > deep inguinal lymph nodes > common iliac lymph nodes > lateral aortic lymph nodes (left) and lateral caval lymph nodes (right) > left and right lumbar lymph trunk > cisterna chyli > thoracic duct.

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Description

The posterolateral superficial lymph vessels of the lower limb are minor collectors of the lower limb. They extend from the lateral aspect of the foot, accompanying the small saphenous vein as far as the superficial popliteal lymph nodes. They then drain into the deep popliteal lymph nodes, which in turn drain into the deep inguinal lymph nodes (Schünke et al., 2006).

The posterolateral superficial lymph vessels drain the skin and subcutaneous tissue of the lateral foot, heel, lateral ankle, and posterior leg

References

Schünke, M., Ross, L. M., Schulte, E., Lamperti, E. D., Schumacher, U., Rude, J., Voll, M., Telger, T. C. and Wesker, K. (2006) Thieme Atlas of Anatomy: General Anatomy and Musculoskeletal System. Thieme Atlas of Anatomy: Thieme.

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