Bassett Collection of Stereoscopic Images of Human Anatomy

Dissection of mediastinum and paravertebral structures

Esophagus in relation to posterior thoracic wall and spine

Image #129-4

KEYWORDS: Bones joints cartilage, Central nervous system, Esophagus, Vertebral column.

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Dissection of mediastinum and paravertebral structures
Esophagus in relation to posterior thoracic wall and spine
The trachea has been removed. The left halves of the larynx and pharynx have been cut away and the esophagus has been opened a short distance below its junction with the pharynx.
1 . Mandible (sectioned in midline)
2 . Laryngeal cavity
3 . Recurrent laryngeal nerve right
4 . Filaments of esophageal plexus
5 . Vagus nerve right
6 . Azygos vein (cut off)
7 . Esophagus
8 . Upper pointer: Intervertebral disc Th. IX-X Lower pointer: Body of vertebra Th. X
9 . Inferior vena cava
10 . Diaphragm
11 . Epiglottis (sectioned vertically)
12 . Laryngeal part of pharynx
13 . Anterior longitudinal ligament
14 . Esophagus (lumen visible)
15 . Longus colli muscle
16 . Vagus nerve left
17 . Recurrent laryngeal nerve left
18 . Aortic arch
19 . Upper pointer: Left recurrent laryngeal nerve Lower pointer: Ligamentum arteriosum
20 . Rib VII
21 . Thoracic aorta
22 . Margin of esophageal hiatus
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