Jugulodigastric lymph nodes

Jugulodigastric lymph nodes, also known as subdigastric lymph nodes, are deep cervical nodes located below the posterior belly of the digastric muscle and anterior to the internal jugular vein.

They are located in neck node level IIa and receive lymphatic drainage from the tonsils, pharynx, oral cavity and face.  

Jugulodigastric lymph nodes are typically the largest cervical lymph nodes, commonly measuring over 15 mm in young patients (mean of 14 mm in 20-30 year olds)1.

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rID: 65455
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • subdigastric
  • jugulodigastric
  • subdigastric lymph nodes

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  • Figure 1: Deep cervical lymph nodes
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