Retropharyngeal lymph nodes

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Retropharyngeal lymph nodes
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Lymphatics of pharynx. (Retropharyngeal glands labeled at center top.)
Latin Nodi lymphoidei retropharyngei
Drains to
superior deep cervical lymph nodes
Gray's p.694
Anatomical terminology

The retropharyngeal lymph nodes, from one to three in number, lie in the buccopharyngeal fascia, behind the upper part of the pharynx and in front of the arch of the atlas, being separated, however, from the latter by the Longus capitis.

Their afferents drain the nasal cavities, the nasal part of the pharynx, and the auditory tubes.

Their efferents pass to the superior deep cervical glands.

They are in the retropharyngeal space.[1]

They frequently disappear by age 4-5.[2] (This is why retropharyngeal abscess is rare in older children.)

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

  1. ^ Chong VF, Fan YF (October 2000). "Radiology of the retropharyngeal space". Clin Radiol 55 (10): 740–8. doi:10.1053/crad.2000.0510. PMID 11052873. 
  2. ^ Jill M. Baren; Steven G. Rothrock (15 October 2007). Pediatric emergency medicine. Elsevier Health Sciences. pp. 306–. ISBN 978-1-4160-0087-7. Retrieved 26 May 2010. 

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