Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 6; Issue 4.2 (November 2018)

Page No.: 5861-5868

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijar.2018.362


Bapuji. P 1, Srinivasarao Yalakurthi *2, Thirupathirao Vishnumukkala 3, Swayam Jothi Dorai Raj 4.

1 Professor & Head, Department of Anatomy, ASRAM Medical college, Eluru, India.

*2 Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, ASRAM Medical College, Eluru, India.

3 Lecturer of Anatomy, PU-RCSI School of Medicine, Perdana University, Malaysia.

4 Professor & Head, Department of Anatomy, SSSMCRI, Nellikuppam, India.

Address for Correspondence:  Srinivasarao Yalakurthi, Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, ASRAM Medical College, Eluru, India. E-Mail: Srinivasaraoyalakurthi@gmail.com


Background and Aims: The thoracic duct is the major lymphatic duct in the human body, the variations in the origin, course and termination of the thoracic duct are of great clinical importance during surgeries related to the upper abdomen, posterior mediastinum and in cervical region, but still now a detailed study had not been done in Andhra Pradesh state, it was decided to undertake this present study. Isolation of the thoracic duct and tracing the origin, course and termination were done to know more about it than already documented and thereby hoping to add more information to guide the radiologists and operating surgeons.

Materials and methods: A total number of 45 cadavers were studied, of these 15 were female and 30 were male cadavers. The material consisted of adult cadavers between the ages of 42-81 from the dissection halls of department of anatomy of 3 different medical colleges in costal Andhra Pradesh.

Results: The observations of the formation, course, length, vertebral levels, types of cisterna chili, and variations in the termination in cervical region are documented in this study.

Conclusion: The present findings showed a great variability compare the previous studies. The findings noted in the present study regarding thoracic duct had contributed to a better understanding of the anatomy of the thoracic duct and will prove definitely useful to surgeons during surgical procedures related to the thoracic duct.

Key words: Cisterna Chyli. Thoracic duct, Variations.


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Cite this article: Bapuji. P, Srinivasarao Yalakurthi, Thirupathirao Vishnumukkala, Swayam Jothi Dorai Raj. ANATOMICAL VARIATIONS OF THE HUMAN THORACIC DUCT. Int J Anat Res 2018;6(4.2):5861-5868. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2018.362