Posterior mediastinum

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Posterior mediastinum
A transverse section of the thorax, showing the contents of the middle and the posterior mediastinum.
Latin mediastinum posterius
Gray's subject #239 1093
Dorlands/Elsevier m_06/12518985

The posterior mediastinum is an irregular triangular space running parallel with the vertebral column.


It is bounded:

  • anteriorally by the pericardium (in front of)
  • inferiorally by the thoracic surface of the diaphragm (below).
  • superiorally by the transverse thoracic plane (above). This plane is marked by an imaginary line travelling through the manubriosternal joint to the dividing line between the fourth and fifth thoracic vertebrae.
  • posteriorally by the bodies of the vertebral column from the lower border of the fourth to the twelfth thoracic vertebra (behind).
  • laterally: by the mediastinal pleura (on either side)


See also


  1. Norman/Georgetown thoraxlesson5 - "Posterior Mediastinum"

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