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List the layers associated with the breast starting with the skin

Epidermis-> Dermis -> Breast in Superficial fascia (subcutaneous tissue) -> retrommary space -> deep fascia -> pectoralis major muscle


What is the retromammary space and where is it located?

Allows for movement of the breast. Located between superficial fascia and deep fascia


What are the four quadrants of the breast? Where is the axillary tail located?


Axillary tail in UOQ (extends into axilla)


Describe the ductal system of the breast.

Mammary gland -> 15-20 lobes each with a lactiferous duct -> lobules -> alveoli


What are suspensory ligaments?

Connect the lobular tissue with the overlying dermis to support breast


What is the blood supply to the breast? What are its branches?

Internal thoracic artery

Branches of the axillary artery and intercostal arteries


What are the four lymph pathways for drainage in the breast? What is the most common?

1. axillary lymph nodes (75% of lymph drainage): outer quadrants

2. Parasternal (internal thoracic) nodes: inner quadrants

3. Cervical nodes

4. Abdominal nodes


The ribs allow movement in which planes?

Coronal (bucket handle) and saggital (pump handle)


True ribs vs. False ribs

True ribs: first 7 pairs articulate with the sternum (breast bone)

False ribs: 11-12 do not articulate with anything


Diaphragm: What cavities does it separate? Is is somatic or visceral?

1. Separate thoracic and abdominal cavities

2. Somatic structure - No sympathetic innervation


Intercostal spaces

1. What are they? How many

2. What is within these spaces?


1. Between ribs, 11 total

2. Contain intercostal muscles (external, internal, innermost), arteries, veins, and nerves


What is thoracentesis? Where should it be performed?

What is the location of the intercostal nerves, arteries, and veins?

1. Remove air/fluid from pleural cavity

2. Needle should be at inferior border of intercostal space or superior to the rib 

3. VAN mnemonic: Veins, arteries, nerves at the superior intercostal space


2 primary sources of blood supply in the thorax. What does it branch to? What if one artery is blocked?

1. Thoracic aorta (left of sternum) -> posterior intercostal arteries

2. Internal thoracic arteries (parallel to sternum) -> anterior intercostal arteries

3. Anterior and posterior intercostal arteries have anastomoses -> collateral circulation


What are the major nerves of the thoracic?

1. Intercostal nerves (T1-T11): efferent innervation to thoracic wall, afferent to overlying skin

2. Subcostal nerve (T12)


Upper and lower boundaries of the thoracic cavity

1. Superior thoracic aperture (plane of 1st rib): apex of lung extends above it (prone to injury)

2. Diaphragm


Pleural reflection vs. Pleural recess

Reflection: transitioning of one parietal pleura to another

Recess: Overlap of two pleura (costodiaphragmatic recess)


How many lobes on each lung?

What are the dominant lobes anteriorly and posteriorly?

Right: 3 lobes (superior, middle, inferior) using 2 fissures (horizontal and oblique)

Left: 2 lobes (upper, lower) using 1 fissure (oblique)

Anterior: upper and middle lobes on the right and upper lobe alone on the left

Posterior: lower lobes on both sides


Divisions of the bronchi + how many total

1. Main primary bronchi (2 total)

2. Lobar secondary bronchi (5 total)

3. Segmental tertiary bronchi (many)


How many lobar bronchi does the right lung have?

3 lobar bronchi (one for each lobe)


What is the intermediate bronchus?

segement of right main bronchus before the middle and lower lobe bronchus branch


Which bronchi is more prone to stridor (foreign bodies)? Why

Right bronchus: Larger diameter and more vertical orientation


Location of the lungs and pleura in relation to the thoracic cage?

Lung: 6-8-10 (midclavicular=anterior, midaxillary, midscapular=posterior)

Pleura: 8-10-12 (midclavicular=anterior, midaxillary, midscapular=posterior)

Pleura extends to the lowest thoracic (T12) on the posterior side


What is the hilum of the lung?

area on the central portion of each lung where the bronchi, arteries, veins, and nerves enter and exit the lungs

parietal and visceral pleural membranes join at hilum



What are the two lymph nodes of the lung

1. Bronchopulmonary nodes: lobar and main bronchi at the hilum

2. Tracheobronchial nodes: carina of trachea


What are synonyms of sternal angle? Which rib articulates on it?

Sternal angle = Manubrial = Angle of Louis

2nd rib articulates onto sternal angle



What is the cupula?

Cervical parietal pleura


Where would you perform an intercostal block for anaesthesia?

Place needle in the superior intercostal space to deaden the nerve


What external landmark is 
used to facilitate counting of 
the ribs on physical exam? 

 Manubrial/Sternal angle (of Louis): articulates with the second rib


Where does the tubercle of the rib articulate on with respect to the vertebral level?

On the same level