Superior mediastinum

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Superior mediastinum
Transverse section through the upper margin of the second thoracic vertebra.
Latin mediastinum superius
Gray's subject #239 1090
Dorlands/Elsevier m_06/12518993

The superior mediastinum is that portion of the interpleural space which lies between the manubrium sterni in front, and the upper thoracic vertebrae behind.


It is bounded:

  • below by a slightly oblique plane passing backward from the junction of the manubrium and body of the sternum to the lower part of the body of the fourth thoracic vertebra (see also thoracic plane)
  • laterally by the pleurae


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