Mesenteric lymph nodes

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Mesenteric lymph nodes
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Lymph Nodes of the Large Intestine and Lower Abdomen
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Regional lymph tissue
Drains to Intestinal lymph trunk
Latin Nodi lymphoidei mesenterici
Anatomical terminology

The mesenteric lymph nodes lie between the layers of the mesentery.

They number from one hundred to one hundred and fifty, and are sited as three groups:

  • one group lying close to the wall of the small intestine, among the terminal twigs of the superior mesenteric artery;
  • a second group placed in relation to the loops and primary branches of the vessels;
  • and a third group located along the trunk of the artery.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)