Occipital lymph nodes

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Lymph: Occipital lymph nodes
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Superficial lymph glands and lymphatic vessels of head and neck. (Occipital glands labeled at center left.)
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Lymph nodes at Surface:
1. Occipital (retroauricular)
2. Mastoid
3. Superficial Parotid
4. Deep Parotid
5. Preauricular
6. Infraauricular
7. Intraglandular parotid

Facial Lymph Nodes:
8. Buccinator
9. Nasolabial
10. Mandibular
11. Anterior Cervical (Superficial jugular)
12. Superficial Cervical (External jugular)
Latin nodi lymphoidei occipitales
Gray's p.692
Drains from
scalp, occiput

The occipital lymph nodes, one to three in number, are located on the back of the head close to the margin of the Trapezius and resting on the insertion of the Semispinalis capitis.

Their afferent vessels drain the occipital region of the scalp, while their efferents pass to the superior deep cervical glands.

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.