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Thoracic Cage - The thoracic cage consists of the sternum, the ribs, and the thoracic vertebrae. - It has a narrow inlet and a wide outlet. I. Thoracic.

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3 Thoracic Cage - The thoracic cage consists of the sternum, the ribs, and the thoracic vertebrae. - It has a narrow inlet and a wide outlet. I. Thoracic inlet: (the upper opening of the thoracic cage) Boundaries: a. Anterior Supra-sternal notch of the manubrium sterni. b. On each side First rib. c. Posterior First thoracic vertebra.

4 Ribs Classification of ribs according to their attachments to the sternum: - There are twelve ribs on each side classified as: A: True ribs Upper seven ribs (their anterior end is attached to the sternum). B: False ribs Lower five ribs (they are not attached anteriorly to the sternum). - The lower two ribs are called the floating ribs because they are free anteriorly. Classification of ribs according to their structure: A: Typical rd - 9 th ribs. B: Atypical st, 2 nd, 10 th, 11 th, and 12 th ribs. (first two and last 3) ribs)

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6 Typical thoracic vertebra Superior surface Lateral surface

7 It contains: 1- Intercostal muscles. 2- Intercostal nerves. 3- Intercostal arteries. 4- Intercostal veins.

8 Intercostal muscles I. Outer layer External intercostal muscle II. Intermediate layer Internal intercostal muscle III. Inner layer Transversus thoracis group, subdivided into: 1. Innermost inter-costalis 2. Sterno-costalis 3. Sub-costalis

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10 Intercostal Muscles Lateral view

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12 Transversus thoracis group Arrangements and extension of the muscles

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14 Sub Costalis muscle in the posterior part of the wall

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16 Intercostal Arteries Intercostal Arteries: 1- Anterior Intercostal Arteries. 2- Posterior Intercostal Arteries.

17 Anterior Intercostal Arteries Each anterior intercostal space contains two anterior intercostal arteries (except in the lower two inter-costal spaces). a. The upper 6 pairs arise from the internal thoracic artery. b. The 7 th, 8 th, and 9 th pairs arise from the musculo- phrenic artery.

18 Internal thoracic (mammary) artery Origin: From the first part of the subclavian artery. Termination: opposite the sixth intercostal space by dividing into superior epigastric and musculo-phrenic arteries. a

19 Branches: 1. Pericardial branches. 2. Pericardiaco-phrenic artery. 3. Mediastinal branches. 4. Sternal branches. 5. Perforating branches for the mammary gland. 6. Anterior intercostal arteries (upper 6 spaces). 7. Superior epigastric artery. 8. Musculo-phrenic artery.

20 Internal thoracic (mammary) vein - It is formed by the union of the two venae comitantes of the internal thoracic artery behind the third costal cartilage. - It ascends close to the artery to terminate in the corresponding innominate vein.

21 Posterior Intercostal Arteries - Each posterior intercostal space contains one posterior intercostal artery which runs in the costal groove. - Each artery gives a collateral branch which runs over the upper border of the rib below. *The upper two posterior intercostal arteries superior intercostal artery (from the costo-cervical trunk) 2 nd part of subclavian artery. * From posterior intercostal arteries and subcostal artery descending thoracic aorta.

22 Intercostal Nerves - There are 11 intercostal nerves in the upper 11 intercostal spaces and a subcostal nerve below the last rib (on each side). - Each intercostal nerve arises from the ventral ramus of the corresponding thoracic nerve. - They are classified into: I. Typical Intercostal Nerves II. Atypical Intercostal Nerves: which are the first intercostal nerve, second intercostal nerve and lower five intercostal nerves.

23 I. Typical Intercostal Nerves

24 I. Typical Intercostal Nerves Branches 1. Communicating branch to the sympathetic trunk. 2. Collateral branch which runs over the upper border of the rib below. 3. Anterior cutaneous branch. 4. Lateral cutaneous branch which divides into anterior and posterior branches. 5. Muscular branches to the intercostal muscles. 6. Sensory branches to the pleura.

25 II. Atypical Intercostal Nerves 1. First intercostal nerve - It has a small lat. Cut. Branch to the axilla and ends as a small anterior cutaneous branch. 2. Second intercostal nerve - Its lateral cutaneous branch is called the intercosto- brachial nerve which supplies the base of the axilla and upper part of the medial side of arm and does not divide into anterior and posterior branches. 3. Lower five intercostal nerves - They reach the anterior abdominal wall at the anterior ends of the spaces and supply its structures in addition to the diaphragm.

26 Arrangement of intercostal nerve and vessels in the costal groove In the posterior end of the space the nerve is above the vessels. Then, it crosses behind the vessels to continue below them (VAN). In the posterior part, the vessels& nerve are midway between the two ribs. In the lateral& anterior parts In the costal groove

27 Applied anatomy: 1. Stab wounds in the posterior part of the intercostal spaces lead to injury of the posterior intercostal nerve and vessels because they run midway between the ribs. -But in the lateral part of the intercostal spaces, they do not injury the posterior intercostal nerve and vessels because these structures are protected by the costal groove.

28 Applied anatomy: 2. Needles introduced into the intercostal spaces (to remove collection in the pleura) Site: They are done in the lateral part of the chest wall to avoid injury of the posterior intercostal nerve and vessels. (It is also better to be introduced near the rib below).

29 Thank You Prof.: Dr. Wafaa Abdel-Rahman


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