Supraclavicular Lymph Nodes

Supraclavicular Lymph Nodes Definition

These are lymph nodes located in a position superior to the clavicle.

Supraclavicular Lymph Nodes Location

There are two types of these nodes. One of these is located on the left side and another on the right side.

Supraclavicular Lymph Nodes Function

These drain the lymphatic fluid from the head and the neck regions. The nodes are involved in filtering lymph fluid in the human body. The left Supraclavicular Lymph Node helps in drainage of lymph of the thorax and the abdomen, through the thoracic duct. The right node is involved with drainage of lymph of the lungs, mediastinum and esophagus.

Supraclavicular Lymph Nodes Disorders

These nodes often suffer enlargement due to various factors, such as lymphoma, thoracic cancer, retroperitoneal cancer or even less concerning cases like bacterial or fungal infection. Doctors usually look out for signs like hardness, enlargement or change of color of these nodes to diagnose such problems. They also look for other signs of the disorder, such as fever, night sweats or weight loss.

Supraclavicular Lymph Nodes Pictures

Take a look at some pictures of these lymph nodes to know how they appear to view.

Picture of Supraclavicular Lymph Nodes

Picture 1 - Supraclavicular Lymph Nodes

Image of Supraclavicular Lymph Nodes

Picture 2 - Supraclavicular Lymph Nodes Image

References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supraclavicular_lymph_nodes

http://www.wisegeek.com/what-are-the-supraclavicular-lymph-nodes.htm

http://www.thelymphnodes.com/supraclavicular-lymph-nodes.php

 

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