Delphian node

A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

The Delphian node (prelaryngeal) along with paratracheal nodes, pretracheal nodes, perithyroidal nodes make up level VI cervical lymph nodes, and is not routinely excised in radical neck dissections. It receives lymph from the thyroid and larynx

History and etymology

The Delphian node gains its name from the Oracle of Delphi, whose prophecy in this case would be of an unpleasant death secondary to laryngeal cancer.

Related pathology

Involvement of this node can be as a result of diffuse nodal involvement in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma or in isolation from direct lymphatic spread of laryngeal cancer through the anterior commissure. Thyroid carcinomas may also involve this node.

Head and neck anatomy
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Article information

rID: 1206
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Tag: refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Delphian nodes

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Cases and figures

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    Case 1: necrotic node from SCC
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