Tracheobronchial lymph nodes

The tracheobronchial lymph nodes are lymph nodes that are located around the division of trachea and main bronchi.

Tracheobronchial lymph nodes
The tracheobronchial lymph glands.
1. Pulmonary Juxtaesophageal
2. Bronchopulmonary (Hilar)
3. Superior Tracheobronchial
4. Inferior Tracheobronchial
5. Paratracheal
SystemLymphatic system
Drains toBronchomediastinal trunk
LatinNodi lymphoidei tracheobronchiales
Anatomical terminology


These lymph nodes form four main groups including paratracheal, trachiobronchial, bronchopulmonary and pulmonary nodes.

  1. Paratracheal nodes are located on either side of the trachea.
  2. Trachiobronchial nodes can be divided into three nodes including left and right superior trachiobronchial nodes, and the inferior trachiobronchial node. The two superior trachiobronchial nodes are located on either side of trachea just before its bifurcation. The inferior trachiobrobchial node is located just below the bifurcation in the angle between the two bronchi.
  3. Bronchopulmonary nodes situate in the hilum of each lung.
  4. Pulmonary nodes are embedded the lung substance on the karger branches of the bronchi.

The afferents of the tracheobronchial glands drain the lungs and bronchi, the thoracic part of the trachea and the heart; some of the efferents of the posterior mediastinal glands also end in this group.

Their efferent vessels ascend upon the trachea and unite with efferents of the internal mammary and anterior mediastinal glands to form the right and left bronchomediastinal trunks.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 717 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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