Chyle cistern

Lymph: Cisterna chyli; Cysterna Chyli
Gray's subject #176 690
Source
intestinal trunk, lumbar trunks, retroaortic lymph nodes
Drains to
thoracic duct
Dorlands/Elsevier Cisterna chyli

The cisterna chyli (or cysterna chyli, and etymologically more correct, receptaculum chyli) is a dilated sac at the lower end of the thoracic duct into which lymph from the intestinal trunk and two lumbar lymphatic trunks flow. It receives fatty chyle from the intestines and thus acts as a conduit for the lipid products of digestion. It is the most common drainage trunk of most of the body's lymphatics. The cisterna chyli is located posterior to the abdominal aorta on the anterior aspect of the bodies of the first and second lumbar vertebrae. There it forms the beginning of the primary lymph vessel, the thoracic duct, which transports lymph and chyle from the abdomen via the aortic opening to the junction of left subclavian vein and internal jugular veins.

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External links

  • 40:14-0100 - "Posterior Abdominal Wall: The Cisterna Chyli"
  • thorax/lymph
  • Diagram at ccri.edu at ccri.edu
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