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Introduction to Clinical Radiology: Chest: Normal Anatomy

Middle Mediastinal Compartment

Brad H. Thompson, M.D.
Peer Review Status: Internally Peer Reviewed


Middle Mediastinal Compartment

The borders are composed of the anterior mediastinal compartment ventrally, and the anterior surface of the spine, posteriorly. Structures in the middle mediastinal compartment include the esophagus (which will not be visible unless there is a problem), vagus nerve, recurrent laryngeal nerve, heart, proximal pulmonary arteries and veins (hilar), trachea and root of the bronchial tree, and superior and inferior vena cava

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