UAMS Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences - Lymphatics of the Back

Gross Anatomy


Note: Although the back contains numerous lymphatic capillaries, within the back region there are very few lymph nodes that are large enough to be named.


Lymphatics of the Back - Listed Alphabetically

Structure Location Afferents from Efferents to Regions drained Notes
occipital nodes superior nuchal line, along the course of the occipital a. and v. lymphatic vessels from the posterior head and neck accessory nodes occipital part of the scalp and the superior neck occipital nodes are 2 or 3 nodes located between the attachments of the sternocleidomastoid m. and the trapezius m.


Some of the material presented in these tables is contained in the book:
MedCharts Anatomy by Thomas R. Gest and Jaye Schlesinger
Published by ILOC, Inc., New York. Copyright 1995.

The content of these tables has been edited for use in this course by Patrick W. Tank, Ph.D.
Copyright 2009, Department of Neurobiology and Developmental Sciences, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
Unauthorized use is prohibited.




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