CISTERNA CHYLI - Definition
It refers to a dilated lymphatic channel that designates the point of origin of the thoracic duct.
CISTERNA CHYLI - Location
The structure is usually positioned opposite the first and the second vertebrae of the lumbar area.
CISTERNA CHYLI - Appearance
The channel looks like a large vessel. It is around 6 cm (or 2.4 inches) long in measurement.
Cisterna chyli - Function
The channel receives the clear body tissue fluid (lymph) and stores it temporarily as it passes upwards through the body. This is one of the two storage places for lymph and other fluids present in the lymphatic system of the body.
Cisterna chyli - Pictures
The following images would provide you with an exact idea of the appearance of this structure of the lymphatic system.
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