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An unusual course of the thoracic duct in relation to the vertebral vessels.
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PMID:  22252190     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Data-Review    
A variation in the course of the thoracic duct was found in the cervical portion of a male cadaver during routine dissection of the head and neck region for undergraduate students. The thoracic duct, while arching laterally above the clavicle, was coursing posterior to the vertebral vein but anterior to the vertebral artery; it normally passes anterior to both the vertebral vein and artery. To the best of our knowledge, this variation in relation to the vertebral vein has not yet been reported. In addition, after coursing posterior to the vertebral vein, the thoracic duct divided into two branches that drained separately, one at the angle between the internal jugular vein and subclavian vein, and the other into the subclavian vein. Knowledge of these variations is essential in order to prevent injury to the thoracic duct while performing surgeries at the root of the neck.
D Kaur; M Jain; U Dhall; K Singh
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Singapore medical journal     Volume:  53     ISSN:  0037-5675     ISO Abbreviation:  Singapore Med J     Publication Date:  2012 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-01-18     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404516     Medline TA:  Singapore Med J     Country:  Singapore    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  e1-2     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Anatomy, Maharaja Agrasen Medical College, Agroha Hisar 125047, Haryana, India.
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