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thoracic skeleton:

___ & ___ form an ___

all ribs slope ___ from their vertebral attachment

rib cage, thoracic vertebral column, irregularly shaped cone



superior thoracic aperture (thoracic outlet):


3 boundaries

passageway for trachea, esophagus, many vessels & nerves

(1) first thoracic vertebra
(2) first pair of ribs & costal cartilages
(3) superior margin of manubrium sterni


inferior thoracic aperture:

boundaries (3)

closed by the ___ separating the ___

(1) 12th thoracic vertebrae
(2) costal margin
(3) xiphosternal joint

diaphragm, thoracic & abdominal viscera


thoracic cavity:

consists of ___

bounded by___

suprapleural membrane

two pleural cavities enclosing the lungs & the mediastinum

the thoracic wall, the diaphragm, & the suprapleural membrane

thickening of endothoracic fascia above the superior thoracic aperture which limits bulging of the lungs into the neck



___ membranes that cover the ___

line the ___

composed of ___ that produces ___

connective tissue is strong enough to support ___

thin serous, surface of the lungs

walls, roof, & floor of the pleural cavities

mesothelium (simple squamous epithelium), serous fluid & connective tissue

blood vessels, nerves, & lymphatic vessels


visceral pleura

covers the lungs


parietal pleura

lines the walls, roof, & floor of the pleural cavities


parietal & visceral pleura are ___ with each other around the ___ (___)


root of the lung (structures entering & leaving the lung & attaching the lungs to the mediastinum)


divisions of parietal pleura:

costal pleura

cervical pleura (cupola)

diaphragmatic pleura

mediastinal pleura

lines thoracic wall

extends through thoracic inlet into neck

covers diaphragm

covers the mediastinal surface of each pleural sac


pulmonary ligament:

___ pleura is reflected at the ___ to become continuous w/ the ___

at this point, it ___

___ layer of ___

mediastinal parietal pleura, the root of the lung, visceral pleura covering the lung

sags below the hilus as a shirt cuff might hang below a person's wrist forming a potential space

double, pleura


lines of pleural reflection

sharp lines of reflection where costal pleura become continuous w/ the mediastinal & diaphragmatic pleura & limit the pleural cavities


pleural sacs:

far apart in the ___

converge as they're traced ___ toward the ___ where they contact each other

region of the cupola

downward, sternal angle


right pleura:

continuous ___

swings ___

straight downward close to the midline

outward & downward along the 7th costal cartilage


left pleura:

anterior reflection deviates ___ at about the level of the ___

it's usually lateral to the ___ at the level of the ___

it swings ___ along the ___

deviation of left pleura: ___

laterally, 4th rib

sternum, 5th & 6th intercostal spaces

outward & downward, 7th costal cartilage

cardiac notch


lower borders of pleural reflections (right & left):

crosses 8th rib at the ___

crosses 10th rib at the ___

crosses 12th rib ___

mid-clavicular line

mid-axillary line

adjacent to vertebral border


comparable surface markings for the lungs:

crosses 6th rib at the ___

crosses 8th rib at the ___

crosses 10th rib ___

mid-clavicular line

mix-axillary line

adjacent to vertebral border


pleural recesses:

in life, lungs don't ___

therefore, the surface markings of the lungs & the ___ pleura ___

here, portions of the ___ pleura are in contact w/ ___

extend to limits of pleural cavities even during maximum inspiration

parietal, don't coincide

parietal, each other


major recesses

costodiaphragmatic recesses - at the sharp reflection of the costal pleura onto the diaphragmatic pleura

costomediastinal recesses - at the sharp anterior reflections of the costal pleura onto the mediastinal pleura


left costomediastinal recess

___ than the right recess due to the ___

the ___ enters this recess during ___

larger, cardiac notch of the left lung

lingula of the left lung, deep inspiration



___ b/n the ___

divided into ___ by ___ which passes through the ___ & the ___

mobile midline septum, pleurae & lungs

superior & inferior mediastinum, an imaginary plane, sternal angle, lower border of the 4th thoracic vertebra


superior mediastinum:

lies ___

limited superiorly by the ___

situated chiefly behind the ___

posterior boundary is the ___

above the imaginary plane

superior thoracic aperture

manubrium sterni

first four thoracic vertebrae


inferior mediastinum:

lies below the ___

limited inferiorly by the ___

further subidived into ___

imaginary plane (sternal angle)


anterior mediastinum, middle mediastinum, & posterior mediastinum


middle mediastinum

composed of pericardial sac & its contents


anterior mediastinum

area between pericardial sac & sternum


posterior mediastinum:

area between ___

situated behind ___ extending from the ___

vertebral bodies & pericardial sac

pericardial sac, 5th through 12th thoracic vertebrae


main contents of superior mediastinum (anterior to posterior) (10)

thymus gland
brachiocephalic veins & superior vena cava
aortic arch & 3 branches
vagus & phrenic nerves
cardiac plexus of nerves
left recurrent laryngeal nerve (not the right)*
thoracic duct
lymph nodes


main contents of posterior mediastinum (7)

esophageal plexus
thoracic aorta
thoracic sympathetic trunks (2 total)
thoracic splanchnic nerves
thoracic duct
azygous system of veins


thymus gland (superior mediastinum):

lies immediately behind the ___ & may extend into the ___ & the ___

after puberty, it's largely replaced by ___

manubrium sterni, base of the neck, anterior mediastinum



trachea & esophagus (superior mediastinum):

fill ___ aperture in ___ plane b/n ___

trachea lies ___ esophagus & bifurcates ___

above root of lung, trachea & esophagus are crossed by ___ on the right & the ___ on the left

superior thoracic, median, apices of lungs

in front of, behind the sternal angle

azygous vein, arch of the aorta


carina (superior mediastinum):

cartilaginous ridge within the ___ that runs antero-posteriorly b/n the ___ at the site of the ___ at the lower end of the ___

this ridge lies to the ___ of the midline

trachea, two primary bronchi, tracheal bifurcation, trachea



arch of aorta (superior mediastinum):

commences at the right border of the ___, runs upward, backward, & to the left in front of the ___

passes downward to the left of the ___ & ___ & ends at the ___

contains the ___ & the ___ in its concavity

sternal angle, trachea

trachea, esophagus, sternal angle

right pulmonary artery, left principal bronchus


aortic knuckle (superior mediastinum)

left curve of the arch of the aorta creates this of posterior-anterior chest x-rays


usual branches of the arch of the aorta (superior mediastinum) (3)

all three are crossed anteriorly by the ___

brachiocephalic trunk

left common carotid artery

left subclavian artery

left brachiocephalic vein


brachiocephalic trunk (superior mediastinum):

passes upward & to the right of the ___ & divides into the ___ & ___ behind the ___ joint

trachea, right subclavian, right common carotid arteries, right sternoclavicular


left common carotid artery (superior mediastinum):

passes upward to the left of the ___ & enters the ___ behind the ___

trachea, neck, left sternoclavicular joint


left subclavian artery (superior mediastinum):

arises behind the ___

left common carotid


coarctation of the aorta:

aortic arch is abnormally ___ just beyond the ___ branch

for blood to reach that part of the aorta beyond the constriction, it must flow from branches arising ___ the constriction and follow ___ channels to reach branches arising ___ the constriction

the ___ arteries & the ___ channels become greatly ___ to accommodate the demands of the increased blood flow

a pulse can be found in the ___ spaces

the dilated ___ arteries press on the ___ border of the ribs causing localized areas of ___

these can be seen in x-ray films as ___ of the ___ border of the ribs

narrow/constricted, left subclavian

before, anastomotic, beyond

intercostal, anastomotic, dilated


intercostal, inferior, resorption

notching, inferior


brachiocephalic veins (superior mediastinum):

right & left brachiocephalic veins are formed by the union of the ___ & ___ behind the ___

the left brachiocephalic vein passes obliquely downward & to the right & unites w/ the ___ to form the ___ behind the ___

subclavian, internal jugular veins, right & left sternoclavicular joints

right brachiocephalic vein, superior vena cava, sternal end of the first costal cartilage


superior vena cava (superior mediastinum):

descends & enters the ___ behind the ___

receives the ___ just before entering

right atrium of the heart, third right costal cartilage

azygous vein


vagus nerves (superior mediastinum):

at the root of the neck, both right & left vagus nerves lie b/n the ___ & the ___

both descend in front of the ___

both descend in the ___ behind the ___

internal jugular vein, common carotid arteries

first part of the subclavian arteries

thorax, roots of the lungs


recurrent laryngeal nerves (superior mediastinum):

arise from each of the ___ & ascend to supply the ___

vagus nerves, larynx


left recurrent laryngeal nerve* (superior mediastinum):

hooks around the ___ behind the ___

ascends in a groove b/n the ___ & ___

left side of the arch of the aorta, ligamentum arteriosum

trachea, esophagus


right recurrent laryngeal nerve* (superior mediastinum):

hooks around the ___ in the root of the ___

not found in the ___

right subclavian artery, neck



phrenic nerves (superior mediastinum)

formed from the ___

both nerves enter the superior mediastinum b/n the ___ & ___ & lateral to the ___

both nerves descend ___ of the roots of the lungs*

ventral rami of C3, C4, & C5

subclavian artery, vein, vagus nerves

in front of


innervation of phrenic nerves (superior mediastinum):

somatic efferent (___) (1)

somatic afferent (___, ___) (5)

- diaphragm

(sensory, pain sensation):*
- fibrous pericardium
- parietal serous pericardium
- mediastinal parietal pleura
- central part of the diaphragmatic parietal pleura
- central part of the diaphragmatic parietal peritoneum


esophagus (posterior mediastinum):

begins as a continuation of the ___ at the level of ___

enters the superior mediastinum b/n the ___ & the ___ & behind the ___

enters the posterior mediastinum to the right of the ___ & behind the ___ & ___

deviates to the left crossing in front of the ___ just before it passes through the diaphragm at the level of ___*

pharynx, C6

trachea, vertebral column, left principal bronchus

aorta, pericardium, left atrium

aorta, T10*


esophageal constrictions (superior to inferior) (posterior mediastinum):

where the ___ joins the upper end

where it contacts the ___

where it contacts the ___

the ___ of the diaphragm


arch of the aorta

left principal bronchus

esophageal hiatus


esophageal plexus (posterior mediastinum):

as the vagus nerves reach the esophagus, each nerve ___ & there is an interchange of ___ b/n the nerves forming the esophageal plexus

a little above the diaphragm, the plexus usually gives rise to two ___

the one on the left turns forward & is referred to as the ___

the one on the right turns backward & is referred to as the ___

breaks up into several trunks, branches

two nerve trunks

anterior vagal trunk

posterior vagal trunk


descending throacic aorta (posterior mediastinum):

begins as a continuation of the ___ at the left side of the ___

it descends downward at first on the left side of the ___ & then gradually approaches the ___

it passes through the ___ of the diaphragm at the level of ___

arch of the aorta, sternal angle

vertebral bodies, midline

aortic hiatus, T12


thoracic branches (posterior mediastinum) (5)

lower nine posterior intercostal arteries
subcostal arteries
bronchial arteries
esophageal arteries
superior phrenic arteries


azygous venous system (posterior mediastinum)

primary purpose is to ___

system receives blood from ___

provides an alternative root for ___

drain blood from the body wall

some of the thoracic viscera

venous return from the lower parts of the body should the main venous channel be obstructed


azygous venous system (posterior mediastinum):

vessels on two sides of body are ___

longitudinal channel on right is called the ___

on the left, the channel usually consists of two veins: the ___ & the ___

considerable ___ in azygous system

vessels on two sides of body are assymmetric

longitudinal channel on right is called the azygous vein

hemiazygous, accessory hemiazygous



azygous venous system: major tributaries (posterior mediastinum) (5)

most of posterior intercostal veins
bronchial veins
esophageal veins
pericardial veins
mediastinal veins


thoracic duct (posterior mediastinum):

begins in ___ as a dilated sac called the ___

ascends through ___ & passes upward on right side of ___ b/n ___ & ___

at about the level of ___, begins crossing toward the left & reaches the left border of the ___ at level of ___

runs upward into the root of the ___ & empties into the venous system at the junction of the ___ & ___

abdomen, cysterna chyli

aortic hiatus, aorta, aorta, azygous vein

T5, esophagus, sternal angle

neck, left subclavian, left internal jugular veins

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