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What is drained by the thoracic duct?

The thoracic duct drains the lymph from 75% of the body, aside from the right upper right limb, right breast, right lung and right side of the head and neck (which are drained by the right lymphatic duct). During a cadaveric dissection, the thoracic duct resembles a small vein without blood in it.

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Also asked, what drains into the thoracic duct?

The thoracic duct is the largest lymphatic vessel within the human body, and plays a key role in the lymphatic system. A large portion of the body's lymph is collected by this duct and then drained into the bloodstream near the brachiocephalic vein between the internal jugular and the left subclavian veins.

Also, how does the thoracic duct work? The function of the thoracic duct is to transport lymph back into the circulatory system. Interstitial fluid is collected by lymph capillaries from the interstitial space. Lymph then moves through lymphatic vessels to lymph nodes. Lymphatic vessels merge to create the lymphatic ducts which drain into the venous system.

Similarly, you may ask, where does the thoracic duct drain directly into?

The thoracic duct usually starts from the level of the twelfth thoracic vertebrae (T12) and extends to the root of the neck. It It drains into the systemic (blood) circulation at the junction of the left subclavian and internal jugular veins, at the commencement of the brachiocephalic vein.

What happens when there is blockage in the main thoracic duct?

Thoracic Duct Obstruction The duct can be directly injured via trauma or surgery, or blocked by tumors (see causes below). When the thoracic duct is blocked (such as by a tumor), it usually leads to secondary rupture of lymphatic ducts leading to the blockage.

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