Bassett Collection of Stereoscopic Images of Human Anatomy

Views of segmental bronchi, azygos system of veins, sympathetic trunks and costovertebral joints

Costovertebral articulation of left tenth rib opened from in front

Image #126A-7

KEYWORDS: Bones joints cartilage, Rib cage, Vertebral column.

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Views of segmental bronchi, azygos system of veins, sympathetic trunks and costovertebral joints
Costovertebral articulation of left tenth rib opened from in front
The left tenth rib has been removed from the specimen with care to preserve the ligaments, joint capsules and articular surfaces of the costovertebral articulations. The view is directed inward from in front and to the left.
1 . Upper pointer: Intercostal nerve IX Lower pointer: Spinal ganglion (lying within intervertebral foramen)
2 . Costotransverse ligament (attached posteriorly to transverse process of vertebra Th. X)
3 . Azygos vein
4 . Joint of head of rib (pointers indicate facets on adjacent vertebral bodies, the cleft between being occupied by the delicate intraarticular ligament)
5 . Radiating ligament of head of rib (cut through)
6 . Anterior longitudinal ligament (pointer also indicates vertebral body Th. X)
7 . Intervertebral disc Th. X-XI
8 . Hemiazygos vein (note small veins draining vertebral bodies at higher levels)
9 . Posterior intercostal vein VIII
10 . Posterior intercostal artery VIII
11 . Sympathetic trunk (cut off, also see 24)
12 . Joint of head of rib IX (intact)
13 . Intercostal nerve VIII
14 . Costal pleura
15 . Rib IX
16 . Superior costotransverse ligament (upper pointer, anterior division; lower pointer, posterior division)
17 . Branch of ninth intercostal nerve to elevator muscle of rib
18 . Lateral costotransverse ligament
19 . Elevator muscle of rib
20 . Borders of area occupied by tenth rib
21 . Transverse costal fovea (covered with articular cartilage)
22 . Innermost intercostal muscle
23 . Intercostal nerve X (cut off)
24 . Left pointer: Sympathetic trunk (cut off, also see 11) Right pointer: Ramus communicans
25 . Sympathetic trunk ganglion
* . [Legend above restored translation from Latin]
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