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Right Jugular Lymphatic Trunk
Lymphoid System

Right Jugular Lymphatic Trunk

Truncus lymphaticus jugularis dexter

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The jugular trunk is formed by efferent lymphatic vessels from the deep cervical lymph nodes. The right jugular trunk descends anterolateral to the internal jugular vein and may join with the bronchomediastinal and subclavian trunks, thus, forming the right lymphatic duct. The right lymphatic duct returns lymph to the venous system via the right brachiocephalic vein, at the junction between the internal jugular and subclavian veins.

However, the right lymphatic trunk is a highly variable structure, where it may not receive one of the trunks named above. Additionally, it is normal for the right lymphatic trunk not to form at all, and the terminals of the right bronchomediastinal, jugular, and subclavian trunks end directly in the venous system (Földi et al., 2012; Tubbs, Shoja and Loukas, 2016).


Földi, M., Földi, E., Strößenreuther, R. and Kubik, S. (2012) Földi's Textbook of Lymphology: for Physicians and Lymphedema Therapists. Elsevier Health Sciences.

Tubbs, R. S., Shoja, M. M. and Loukas, M. (2016) Bergman's Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation. Wiley.

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