cisterna chyli

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 [sis-ter´nah] (pl. cister´nae) (L.)
cisterna cerebellomedulla´ris poste´rior the enlarged subarachnoid space between the undersurface of the cerebellum and the posterior surface of the medulla oblongata; called also cisterna magna.
cisterna chy´li the dilated portion of the thoracic duct at its origin in the lumbar region; called also receptaculum chyli.
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cis·ter·na chy·'li

a dilated sac at the lower end of the thoracic duct into which the intestinal trunk and two lumbar lymphatic trunks open; it occurs inconsistently and when present is located posterior to the aorta on the anterior aspect of the bodies of the first and second lumbar vertebrae.
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Jean, French anatomist, 1622-1674.
Pecquet cistern - Synonym(s): Pecquet reservoir
Pecquet duct - the largest lymph vessel in the body. Synonym(s): thoracic duct
Pecquet reservoir - a dilated sac at the lower end of the thoracic duct into which the intestinal trunk and two lumbar lymphatic trunks open. Synonym(s): cisterna chyli; Pecquet cistern; receptaculum pecqueti
receptaculum pecqueti - Synonym(s): Pecquet reservoir
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Computed tomography-guided access to the cisterna chyli: introduction of a technique for direct lymphangiography to evaluate and treat chylothorax.
Treatment of High-Output Thoracic Chylous Fistula with Transabdominal Embolization of Cisterna Chyli: A Case Report and Review of the Literature.
Cisterna chyli in patients with portal hypertension: Evaluation with MR imaging.
Percutaneous transabdominal cannulation of the thoracic duct at the cisterna chyli with lymphography and selective distal embolization with coils or tissue adhesive is a safe and minimally invasive technique for the treatment of CL that do not respond to conservative management, with a reported success rate of 45-70% [45, 51].
Lymph from the intestinal and lumbar trunks, the kidney and gut, drains up to the cisterna chyli (4).
The thoracic duct begins from the upper end of cisterna chyli at the lower border of T12 vertebra and enters the thorax usually through the aortic opening of the diaphragm (Dutta, 2000).