Superior deep cervical lymph nodes

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Lymph: Superior deep cervical lymph nodes
Superficial lymph glands and lymphatic vessels of head and neck. (Superior deep cervical glands labeled at center left.)
Latin nodi lymphoidei cervicales laterales profundi superiores
Gray's p.697
preauricular deep parotid lymph nodes
Drains to
inferior deep cervical lymph nodes, jugular trunk

The superior deep cervical lymph nodes lie under the Sternocleidomastoideus in close relation with the accessory nerve and the internal jugular vein.

Some of the glands lie in front of and others behind the vessel. Lymph from these deep nodes passes to the jugular lymphatic trunk, which joins the thoracic duct on the left side and the brachiocephalic vein on the right side.

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