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Sappey's plexus

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A network of lymphatics in the areola of the nipple.

"Since the breast is originally an ectodermal tissue, its lymphatic drainage mostly parallels lymph flow of the overlying skin. Lymphatic flow from the skin finds its way to the diffuse subcutaneous plexus between the skin and the superficial fascia. Each lobule of the breast tissue has an extensive lymphatic plexus, that are merged to form Sappey`s subareolar plexus. Sappey`s subareolar plexus and deep fascial plexus are in connection with each other through fibrous strands traversing the breast tissue." (Kumar, Bozkurt, Zhuang, and Alavi.)


  • Pat Forbis and Susan L. Bartolucci:
    Stedman's Medical Eponyms. Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Philadelphia, 1998.
  • R. Kumar, M. F. Bozkurt, H. Zhuang, A.Alavi:
    Sentinel Lymph Node Biopsy in the Management of Breast Cancer. Review article.
    Indian Journal of Cancer, April-June 2003, 40 (2): 60-66.

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