Lymphatic drainage of the upper limb
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Lymphatic drainage of the upper limb is via a series of deep and superficial channels that ultimately drain into the axillary lymph nodes.
- superficial and deep cubital lymph nodes
epi/supratrochlear lymph node(s)
- one-to-five nodes lying medial to the brachial vein, just superior to the medial epicondyle of the humerus
There are also deep channels that accompany the arteries and drain via the occasional deep lymph node accompanying arteries in the forearm to the axillary nodes.
- infraclavicular lymph nodes: predominantly lateral upper limb and lateral two digits
- axillary lymph nodes: predominantly medial upper limb and medial three digits
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