Cisterna chyli Definition
Cisterna chyli is a dilated lymph channel that is generally located opposite the 1st and the 2nd lumbar vertebrae. It marks the starting point of the thoracic duct.
Cisterna chyli Appearance
It is a large vessel that measures approximately 6 cm (2.4 inches) in length.
Cisterna chyli Function
The main function of Cisterna chyli is that it receives and temporarily stores lymph, the clear body tissue fluid, as it traverses upwards the body. It is one of the two reservoirs that contain lymph as well as other bodily fluids that can be found in the lymphatic system.
Cisterna chyli Pictures
You will find these images useful in understanding the appearance of this lymphatic structure.
Picture 1 – Cisterna chyli
Picture 2 – Cisterna chyli Image