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Thoracic Duct

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Cisterna Chyli

  • drains lymph from 3/4 of body 
  • cisterna chyli runs between aorta and right crus of diaphragm
  • passes through aortic opening in diaphragm
  • drains into thoracic duct
  • ascends anterior to the posterior intercostal vessels
  • has several valves
  • at thoracic inlet lies to left of oesophagus
  • arches forward over dome of left pleura
  • drains into left brachiocephalic vein

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