Lecture Notes - Posterior Mediastinum

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Landmarks and osteology:
Posterior mediasinum (definition and boundaries)

Viscera:
Esophagus

Nerves:
Phrenic nn.
Vagus nn.
Esophageal plexus
Thoracic sympathetic trunk
   Thoracic ganglia
   Cervicothoracic (stellate) ganglion
   White & gray rami communicantes
   Greater thoracic splanchnic nn.

Lymphatics:
Thoracic duct

Vessels:
Descending aorta
   Visceral branches
      Bronchial aa.
      Esophageal aa.
   Parietal branches
      Posterior intercostal aa. (3-11)
      Posterior branches of posterior intercostal aa.
      Subcostal aa. (12)
Azygos venous system & associated veins
   Azygos v.
   Hemiazygos v.
   Accessory hemiazygos v.
   Superior intercostal vv. (left & right)
   Posterior intercostal vv. (segmentals)

Clinical terms:
Chylothorax
Tracheo-esophageal fistula (esophageal atresia)
Visceral pain
Referred pain