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  V. Angiology. 4. The Thoracic Cavity. Gray, Henry. 1918. Anatomy of the Human Body.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
—The capacity of the cavity of the thorax does not correspond with its apparent size externally, because (1) the space enclosed by the lower ribs is occupied by some of the abdominal viscera; and (2) the cavity extends above the anterior parts of the first ribs into the neck.
The size of the thoracic cavity is constantly varying during life with the movements of the ribs and diaphragm, and with the degree of distention of the abdominal viscera.
From the collapsed state of the lungs as seen when the thorax is opened in the dead body, it would appear as if the viscera only partly filled the cavity, but during life there is no vacant space, that which is seen after death being filled up by the expanded lungs.
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 Thoracic Surgery | AHealthyMe.com
Thoracic surgery is the repair of organs located in the thorax, or chest.
Thoracic surgery repairs diseased or injured organs and tissues in the thoracic cavity.
Thoracic surgery is usually performed by a surgeon who specializes in either general thoracic surgery or cardiothoracic surgery.
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 AANS.org | Education and Meetings | AANS Scientific Journals | Neurosurgical Focus
Thoracoscopy is an anterior transthoracic endoscopic approach to the thoracic cavity and mediastinum.
The cavity should be deep enough to expose the entire ventral surface of the dura across the spinal canal to the medial border of the contralateral pedicle (Fig.
Thoracic surgeons developed thoracoscopy as an alternative to thoracotomy to reduce the approach-related incidences of morbidity associated with the anterior transthoracic exposure.[1,8,11,12,15,17,18,20,23--25,30,31,33,39,42] In thoracoscopy (microsurgical endoscopy), small portal incisions in the intercostal spaces are used to access the thoracic cavity without retracting the ribs or widely separating the superficial tissues of the thorax.
www.aans.org /education/journal/neurosurgical/may99/6-5-4.asp   (4276 words)

 Respiratory Structures: Thoracic Cavity; sternum, ribs, thoracic vertebrae; diaphram.   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Respiratory Structures: Thoracic Cavity; sternum, ribs, thoracic vertebrae; diaphram.
The thoracic cage consists of the sternum, ribs and thoracic vertebrae.
The diaphragm, a muscle also important in respiration, completes the boundaries of the thoracic cavity by dividing it caudally from the abdominal cavity.
www.vet.purdue.edu /bms/vldl/L_07_Thorax.html   (83 words)

 Intro to the Human Body / Anatomical Terminology / Body Cavities
The thoracic cavity is bound laterally by the ribs (covered by costal pleura) and the diaphragm caudally (covered by diaphragmatic pleura).
The abdominal cavity is bound cranially by the diaphragm, laterally by the body wall, and caudally by the pelvic cavity.
The pelvic cavity is bounded cranially by the abdominal cavity, dorsally by the sacrum, and laterally by the pelvis.
training.seer.cancer.gov /module_anatomy/unit1_3_terminology3_cavities.html   (243 words)

 The Thoracic Diaphram   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The thoracic diaphragm is a dome-shaped musculotendinous partition between the thoracic and abdominal cavities.
The descent of the domes increases the vertical diameter of the thoracic cavity.
As the diaphragm descends, the intra-thoracic pressure is decreased and the intra-abdominal pressure is increased.
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 IX. Neurology. 7c. The Thoracic Portion of the Sympathetic System. Gray, Henry. 1918. Anatomy of the Human Body.
The thoracic portion of the sympathetic trunk (Fig.
The thoracic ganglia rest against the heads of the ribs, and are covered by the costal pleura; the last two, however, are more anterior than the rest, and are placed on the sides of the bodies of the eleventh and twelfth thoracic vertebræ.
The splanchnic nerves, also three in number, are connected probably with all the thoracic ganglia, and are distributed to important organs in the abdominal cavity.
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 thoracic cavity --  Encyclopædia Britannica
It is enclosed by the ribs, the vertebral column, and the sternum, or breastbone, and is separated from the abdominal cavity (the body's largest hollow space) by a muscular and membranous partition, the diaphragm.
They are typically bled (a process called sticking or exsanguination) by the insertion of a knife into the thoracic cavity and severance of the carotid artery and jugular vein.
In human anatomy, the abdomen is a large cavity extending from the diaphragm above to the pelvic cavity below, and from the spine in the back to the wall of abdominal muscles in the front.
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Blunt chest trauma, reflux esophagitis, esophageal cancer, lung transplantation, lung cancer, and emphysema are just a few of the many clinical indications for thoracic surgery.
Except in the case of emergency procedures, candidates for general thoracic surgery should undergo a complete medical history and thorough physical examination prior to surgery.
Respiratory failure, hemorrhage, nerve injury, heart attack, stroke, embolism, and infection are all possible complications of general thoracic surgery.
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 EULEP: European Late Effects Project   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Once the thoracic cavity is opened, the investigator will be able to pass to the removal of the viscera.
In this case, the cause of the death is the compression that the thymic mass exercises on the respiratory movements.
At the level of the median wall, in proximity of the hilum of the lung, the pleura is reflected and covers the inner wall of the thoracic cavity and then becomes the parietal pleura.
www.eulep.org /Necropsy_of_the_Mouse/index.php?file=Chapter_5.html   (1657 words)

 "Packing" of the Thoracic Cavity - A Technique to Treat Uncontrollable Intrathoracic Bleeding   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
This massive hemorrhage was the result of severe thoracic trauma in three cases, and in one case, the result of an injury caused by a failed transthoracic puncture.
After "packing" the thoracic cavity, the "towels" were removed three days later.
Therefore, we regard our method as a new useful way to treat massive hemorrhage within the thorax, when other treatment fails, no specialist is near by, or when there is a large number of patients with thoracic injuries during catastrophes.
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 Search Results for thoracic - Encyclopædia Britannica
It is enclosed by the ribs, the vertebral column, and the sternum, or breastbone, and is separated from the abdominal cavity (the body's largest hollow...
dome-shaped, muscular and membranous structure that separates the thoracic (chest) and abdominal cavities in mammals; it is the principal muscle of respiration.
Offers access to abstracts from The Annals of Thoracic Surgery (full-text access is available to subscribers), discussion forums based on articles from the journal, video clips of surgical procedures, health policy updates and course information, details about the organization's National Cardiac Surgery Database, and discussion forums on various surgical procedures and issues for surgeons only.
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 Thoracic cavity - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The thoracic cavity is the chamber of the human body (and other animal bodies) that is protected by the thoracic wall (thoracic cage and associated skin, muscle, and fascia).
It contains the potential space called the pleural cavity and the mediastinum.
If the thoracic cavity is breached from the outside, as by a bullet wound or knife wound, a pneumothorax, or air in the cavity, usually results, often leading to one or both lungs collapsing and requiring immediate medical attention.
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 Thoracic Surgery Division
The Thoracic Surgery Division at the University of Maryland Medical Center is nationally recognized for developing innovative treatments for disorders of the structures and organs of the chest, particularly the lungs and esophagus.
The Division offers surgical management for a variety of conditions that affect the lungs and thoracic cavity -- including lung and esophageal cancer -- using minimally invasive approaches whenever possible.
Faculty of the Thoracic Surgery Division also staff the Thoracic Oncology Program of the University of Maryland Greenebaum Cancer Center, where they use a new technique called thoracoscopic surgical staging and other innovative surgical procedures to evaluate and treat cancers of the lung and esophagus.
www.umm.edu /thoracic   (460 words)

 zo250 lab 3 webpage
Ventral view of the anterior region of the pig, showing structures in the neck region and the thoracic cavity.
Figure 6 and 7 (Right) show the Veins of the thoracic cavity and neck area and the Arteries of the thoracic cavity and neck area, respectively.(click on the images for to see each respective shematic diagram).
We will focus now on the arteries of the thoracic cavity and neck region.
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The skeleton and musculature of the thoracic wall functions to protect the viscera and to modify intrathoracic volume for respiration.
Be able to discuss the development of the pleural and pericardial cavities and the invagination of each by their respective visceral organs.
You should be aware of the relationships of the thoracic structures to one another as well as to surface landmarks.
csm.jmu.edu /biology/wunderre/bio325/objec_thorax.htm   (1200 words)

 NURS 305: Respiratory Systems: Thorax and Lungs   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
Paired, asymmetrical, conical organs conforming to the shape of the thoracic cavity
Health history should include a thorough respiratory and cardiovascular systems because of they share the cavity and the potential effect that one has one the other system.
Thoracic expansion: place hands over the anterolateral chest with the thumbs extended along the costal margin, pointing toward the typhoid process.
www.odu.edu /webroot/orgs/HS/NURS/nursing.nsf/pages/305_fa99pptlungs   (620 words)

 Anatomy: Thoracic Cavity   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
It is important to review the anatomy of the chest wall and thoracic cavity, as you will use anatomic landmarks to document the location of respiratory assessment findings.
The thoracic cavity is made up of 12 pairs of ribs that connect in the posterior thorax to the vertebral bodies of the spinal column.
Note the following structures on this diagram of the bony thoracic cage.
www.rnceus.com /resp/respthoracic.html   (303 words)

 Lecture 1. Introduction to Anatomy
The thoracic cavity is one of the major spaces of the body that we refer to as a body cavity.
And we must denote the contents, which for the thoracic cavity reads like a who's who list of visceral organs.
Observe the cross section and sagittal section of the thoracic cavity in your textbook as you try to respond to the buttons below.
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A phantom is a loose replica of the anatomical structures in the human body as seen through a perpendicular slice.
Our thoracic model is very similar to the Shepp-Logan model in the sense that it also uses ellipses and circles to distinguish regions of different densities.
Figure 2.1 The basic thoracic cavity phantom used for the simulations.
www.owlnet.rice.edu /~elec631/Projects99/mit/tcp.htm   (670 words)

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These include 1) the pericardial cavity, 2) the peritoneal cavity, and 3) two small pericardio-peritoneal canals which connect the primitive pericardial and peritoneal cavities.
As gestation continues, partitions form concurrently in each pericardioperitoneal canal and separate the pericardial cavity from the pleural cavities and the pleural cavities from the peritoneal cavity.
The parietal pleura which is a membrane covering of the inner thoracic wall forms from somatic mesoderm and not from the pleuropericardial membranes.
www.kumc.edu /research/medicine/pharmacology/CAI/webCAI/anatomy/em13.wbc   (819 words)

 The heart is a pear-shaped organ located in the thoracic cavity.
The heart is a pear-shaped organ located in the thoracic cavity.
Coursework and Essays: By Subject: Biology: The heart is a pear-shaped organ located in the thoracic cavity
Below is a short sample of the essay "The heart is a pear-shaped organ located in the thoracic cavity.".
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 Muscles of the Thoracic Wall   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
The intercostal muscles are arranged as three layers (external layer, internal layer and an incomplete innermost layer) between the ribs.
The diaphragm closes the thoracic outlet and separates the thoracic cavity from the abdominal cavity.
We are presently interested in the thoracic surface or the dome of the diaphragm.
mywebpages.comcast.net /wnor/thoraxmuscles.htm   (155 words)

 Carnivore Anatomy Lab 12 Introduction
The nerves found in the thoracic cavity are either sympathetic or parasympathetic autonomic nerves, with two exceptions.
The connection between the vagus nerve and the pharyngeal arches that give rise to the larynx is established early in development.
As the heart migrates from the region of the pharynx to the thoracic cavity, it pulls nerves with it, causing the laryngeal nerve supply to detour into the thoracic cavity on its way to the larynx.
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 theyrecoming - Pumpkinfest 2003
This year I decided to go the whole hog and make an entire thoracic cavity cake.
I then flipped each organ over, hollowed out a cavity in the center and frosted the inside of the cavity and the underside of the cake with buttercream frosting.
After spooning in the fruit sauces, I sealed the cavities with a layer of fondant icing and flipped the organs back over.
www.theyrecoming.com /extras/pumpkinfest03   (427 words)

 PTA 150 - Kinesiology & Biomechanics   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-06)
1. Consists of sternum, ribs, costal cartilages and thoracic vertebrae
cavity with increase pressure in thorax, forcing air out of
A. Diaphragm - separates the thoracic from the abdominal cavity
www.nctc.tec.oh.us /Webpub/jhull/pta150w00/pta150le15.htm   (166 words)

 Untitled Document
Contraction of the diaphragm enlarges the thoracic cavity, thereby decreasing pressure in the thoracic cavity so that it is less than the atmospheric pressure outside; air flows from the region of higer pressure (outside) through the mouth, nose, trachea....
and into the alveoli of the lungs inside the thoracic cavity where the pressure is lower.
Exhalation can be entirely passive: just stop contracting the muscles of inspiration and the thoracic cavity becomes smaller...and air flows out of the lungs and into the environment.
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 thoracic cavity - OneLook Dictionary Search
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Thoracic cavity : Pest Management Glossary [home, info]
noun: the cavity in the vertebrate body enclosed by the ribs between the diaphragm and the neck and containing the lungs and heart
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 Thoracic Cavity
(C3-5) curves around lat border of scalenus ant, descends obliquely across ant surface, deep to transverse cervical and suprascapular aa., enters thorax by crossing origin of internal thoracic a.
enters cranial cavity through foramen spinosum, runs lat along floor of the middle cranial fossa, turns sup-ant on greater wing of sphenoid, where it divides into ant and post branches
definition: they are air filled cavities within the frontal, ethmoidal, sphenoidal and maxillary bones, are lined with the respiratory epithelium, and communicate with the nasal cavity through small apertures
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