Right lymphatic duct Definition
It refers to either of the terminal lymphatic vessels. It is the equivalent of the thoracic duct on the right side of the body. The structure was first discovered by Nicolas Steno, also known as the father of geology.
Right lymphatic duct Synonyms
The structure is also referred to by various other names, such as:
- Right Thoracic Duct
- Ductus lymphaticus dexter
- Conduit lymphatique droit
- Ductus thoracicus dexter
- Trunk of right lymphatic duct tree
Right lymphatic duct Anatomy
It is created by the merger of the vessels of the lymph nodes (of the right upper limb, both lungs, and thoracic wall) and the right jugular lymphatic vessel. It is short and around 1.2 cm (12 mm) in length.
Right lymphatic duct Functions
It is one of the means for transportation of lymph, a fluid that contains lymphocytes which are vital for bodily functions and make up an important part of immune system. The duct drains lymph from various sections of the body, such as the right arm and the upper right area of the trunk. It also helps the immune system by destroying harmful bacteria (pathogens). The duct is also responsible for filtering waste products to allow the lymph to return safely to the circulatory system.
Right lymphatic duct Disorders
The proper functioning of the duct can be affected if the lymph glands suffer an inflammation or infection. A medical care provider should be immediately contacted in case of such problems.
Right lymphatic duct Pictures
Find out all about the physical appearance of this duct with the help of these images.
Picture 1 – Right lymphatic duct
Picture 2 – Right lymphatic duct Image