Right lymphatic duct


The right lymphatic duct is an important lymphatic vessel that drains the right upper quadrant of the body.[1] It forms various combinations with the right subclavian vein and right internal jugular vein.[2][3]

Right lymphatic duct
The thoracic and right lymphatic ducts. (Right lymphatic duct is labeled at upper left.)
Terminal collecting trunks of right side. a. Jugular trunk. b. Subclavian trunk. c. Bronchomediastinal trunk. d. Right lymphatic trunk. e. Gland of internal mammary chain. f. Gland of deep cervical chain.
SystemLymphatic system
Sourceright jugular trunk
Drains tointernal jugular vein
Latinductus lymphaticus dexter
Anatomical terminology
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The right lymphatic duct courses along the medial border of the anterior scalene at the root of the neck. The right lymphatic duct forms various combinations with the right subclavian vein and right internal jugular vein.[2][3] It is approximately 1.25 cm long.[citation needed]


A right lymphatic duct that enters directly into the junction of the internal jugular and subclavian veins is uncommon.[4]


Diagram showing parts of the body that drain into the right lymphatic duct.

The right duct drains lymph fluid from:

All other sections of the human body are drained by the thoracic duct.[2][6]

Clinical significanceEdit

Along with the thoracic duct, the right lymphatic duct is one of the lymphatic structures most likely to be ruptured in the thorax.[7] This can cause chylothorax.[7]


The discovery of this structure has been credited to Niels Stensen.[8]

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  This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 691 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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