Exploration of lymphatic structures of gastrointestinal tract

Inferior mesenteric lymph nodes and vessels, close-up view

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Exploration of lymphatic structures of gastrointestinal tract
Inferior mesenteric lymph nodes and vessels, close-up view
The lymphatic structures which lie along the course of the inferior mesenteric artery and its major branches are displayed in this close-up view of the lower part of the specimen shown in 141-4. The dissection of blood vessels and nerves in this area is illustrated in 144-2.
1 . Ileum (retracted to the right)
2 . Mesenteries
3 . Margin of dissected area
4 . Position Of inferior mesenteric artery (covered with fascia and undissected plexus of nerves)
5 . Pelvic cavity
6 . Upper pointer: Left colic artery Lower pointer: Inferior mesenteric vein
7 . Left colic lymph nodes
8 . Descending colon
9 . Abdominal wall
10 . Inferior mesenteric lymph nodes
11 . Sigmoid colon
12 . Mesosigmoid colon