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thoracic duct (probe)
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In this image the thoracic duct is being lifted by a probe. The thoracic duct can be found in the interval between the azygos vein and the descending aorta in the posterior mediastinum. Before the esophagus begins to shift leftward (it does so as it descends in the thorax), it is found anterior to the thoracic duct (the esophagus has been moved aside by an inappropriate finger in this image).

The thoracic duct begins to form at the level of the transpyloric plane.
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