vessels of the jejunum and ileum pass into mesenteric nodes via the lacteals of
the villi. They do not reach the superior mesenteric nodes, which the blood
vessels follow. All the efferents pass into the intestinal lymph trunks, which
then enter the cisterna chyli or the abdominal confluence of lymph trunks. The
cisterna chyli drains into the thoracic duct.
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