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What are 3 anatomical words for neck?
collum cervix nucha
What are the superior boundaries of the neck?
1. mental symphsis
2. mandible (body & angle)
3. external acoustic meatus
4. mastoid process
5. superior nuchal line of occipital bone
What are the inferior boundaries of the neck?
1. manubrium
2. clavicus
3. acromium process
4. line throught disk b/t C7 & T1
List the structures at C3.
hyoid bone, the common carotid usually divides between C3 and C4
List the structures at C4-5.
The superior thyroid notch and laryengeal prominence aka: adam's apple (both are part of thyroid cartillage), and the junction of the pharynex/esophagus (can be felt just above the cricoid cart.)
List the structures at C6.
Cricoid cart., junction of the larynx/traches, vertebral artery enters the transverse foramen here, and the recurrent laryngeal nerves enter the larynx.
List the structures at C7.
the thoracic duct reaches its highest point (this is where lymph enteres venous flow), isthmus of the thyroid gland.
List important structures between C7 and T2.
tracheal rings
At what level would one find the suprasternal (jugular) notch?
Describe torticollis
contraction of muscles on one side of the neck, producing twisting into unusal positions, usually involving sternocleidomastoid musc.
What is the orgin and insertion of the sternocleidmastoid musc?
Org: manubrium of sternum and medial 1/3 of clavical
Ins: mastoid process of temp bone and superior nuchal line of occip bone
What is the innervation of the sternocleidomastoid?
What are the action of the sternocleidomastiod mucs?
retates head and neck
What are the boundaries of the anteriors cervial triangle?
ant: midline of the neck from mental symphasis to jugular notch.
super: inferior border of mandible
post: sternocleidomastoid
What are the boudaries of the posterior cervial triangle?
ant: sternocleidmastoid.
infer: middle 1/3 of claviale
post: trapezius musc
Name the infrahyoid musc (aka strap musc.)
1. sternohyoid-sternum to hyoid
2. omohyoid- omo (scapula) to hyoid
3. thyiohyoid-short musc up from thyroid to hyoid
4. sternothyroid-sternum to thyroid

What are the innervations of the infrahyoid musc?
C1 and ansa cervicallis ( the loop of C1-3)
List the suprahyoid muscles and give their innervation.
1. Stylohyoid-VII
2) Posterior belly of the digastric-VII
3. Anterior belly of the digastric-V3 from inferior alverolar nerve
4. mylohyoid-a little branch of V3's inferior alveolar nerve
5. geniohyoid-C1

(Some Doctors Make the Grade)
List the nerves associated with the anterior cervical triangle.
1. V3's myohyoid nerve
2. VII-marginal mandibular and cervical branch
3. IX-carotid sinus branch
4. X-superior laryngeal n.(external and internal)
5. XII
6. ansa cervicalis from C1-3 plexus
7. sympathetic chain-med/lat to carotid sheath
List the branches of the external carotid found in the anterior cervical triangle.
1. superior thyroid
2. ascending pharyngeal
3. lingual
4. facial
5. occipital

"superman and lois fly on..."(mars)
What are the main vessels found in the anterior cervical triangle?
The external carotid (5 of its branches) and the facial vein.
List the structures found within the carotid sheath.
the common carotid, the internal carotid (above C3), the internal jugular vein, CN X
List the non muscl/non vessel things found within the anterior cervical triangle.
-carotid sheath
-thyroid gland
-parathyroid gland (2)
-submandibular gland/duct
-cervical and submandibular lymph nodes.
What composes the floor of the posterio cervial triagle?
the 5 musc of the triangle and prevertebral fascia
What are the musc associated with the posterior cervical triangle?
1. scalens (ant, post, middle)
2. levator scapula
3. inferior belly of omohyoid
4. splenius capitus
5. semipinalis capitis
Can the phrenic nerve be asociated with the anterior or posterior cervical triangle?
How is the phrenic nerve responsible for referred pain from the diaphragm?
Its affarent fibers supply the diaphragm, pericardium, pleura, & peritoneum of diaphragm. When stim., pain can be preceived in the low neck and shoulder and is explained as a CNS misinterpretation.
List the nerves associated with the posterior cervical triangle.
1. phrenic nerve (C3-5)
2. branches of the cervical plexus (from anterior prim rami of C1-4)-this has both cutaneous and muscular branches
3. brachial plexus
4. CN XI
List the cutaneous branches of the cervical plexus and tell their fiber types.
1. lesser occipital (c2-3)
2. greater ariular (c2-3)
3. transvers cervical (c2-3)
4. supraclavical (c3-4)
They all contain afferent and post ganglionic efferect (sym) fibers
What is the nerve point of the neck?
The midpoint of the posterior borner of sternocleidoid musc, where CN XI and the 3 cutaneous branches of cervical plaxus can be found just deep to the investing fascia.
List the muscular branches of the Cervical plexus, what they supply and what fiber types they contain.
1. asna cervicalis c1-3: infrahyoid musc
2. phrenic c3-5: diaphragm musc
Both branches have aff, eff to skel musc, and post gang (symp) fibers.
What are the vessels associated with the posterior cervical triangle?
-Subclavian artery/vein
-Thyrocervical trunk:
a) transverse cervical artery
b) suprascapular artery
-Dorsal scapular artery (sometimes)
What are the branches of the brachial plexus in the posterior cervical triangle?
a. roots
1) dorsal scapular nerve (C5)
2) long thoracic nerve (C5 – C7)
b. trunks ( upper, middle, lower )
1) suprascapular nerve (0 = upper trunk)
2) nerve to the subclavius muscle (0 = upper trunk)
c. divisions ( anterior and posterior )
d. cords ( medial, lateral, and posterior ) – named in reference to their association
to the axillary artery
e. terminal branches

"Randy travis drinks cold texas beer"
Overall, what are the nerves found in the posterior cervical triangle?
a) cutaneous
-lesser occipital
-greater auricular
-transverse cervical
b) muscular
-ansa cervicalis
dorsal scapular
long thoracic
nerve to subclavius
medial, lateral, posterior
--terminal branches
"randy travis drinks cold, texas beer"
describe autonomic nervous system in the neck
-Sympathetic trunks begin at C1
-Cervical sympathetic trunk is composed of cords, which connect THREE cervical sympathetic ganglia. Sometimes, inferior ganglia will fuse with lower ganglia to form STELLATE GANGLION.
-ANSA SUBCLAVIA--loop formed by part of the cervical cord b/w middle and inferior ganglia--this goes around subclavian artery and may hold vertebral artery.
What is horner's syndrome?
-damage to the cervical sympathetic trunk
-damage to postgang. fibers that supply structures in the head
What are the main types of fascia in the neck?
1)Tela subcutanea

1) Prevertebral
2) Investing
3) Carotid Sheath
4) Alar
5) Visceral
6) Infrahyoid

What is investing cervial fascia? Where is it?
-Roof of posterior AND anterior cervical triangles.
-Encloses: trapezius, sternocleidomastoid.
What is prevertebral fascia? Where is it?
-deep to trapezius and sternocleidomastoid
-external to scalenes
-anterior to vertebral bodies
-contributes to floor of post. cervical triangle
-extends into base of neck as axillary sheath.
What is carotid sheath? Where is it?
-Sheath enclosing common carotid artery, internal carotid artery, internal jugular vein, and vagus nerve.
What is alar fascia? Where is it?
-Thin layer b/w carotid sheaths.
-Divides "danger spaces" 3 and 4.
What is visceral fascia? Where is it?
-Pretracheal (anterior) and buccopharyngeal (posterior) portions.
-Surrounds thyroid gland, trachea, esophagus.
What is infrahyoid fascia? Where is it?
-Encloses infrahyoid muscles.
What are the fascia SPACES in the neck?
1) Retrovisceral
-B/w pharynx and esophagus.
-Extends from skull-->thru neck-->diaphragm.
-Alar fascia divides this into danger zones 3 and 4.

2) Pretracheal Space
-B/w trachea and infrahyoid muscles.
-Connects to retropharyngeal space.
Extends from thyroid cartilage-->fibrous pericardium.
What are the "danger spaces" in the neck?
There are two of them. Danger spaces 3 and 4.

1)Danger space 3
--B/W alar and visceral fascia.
--continuous w/ fascial spaces of neck and face.

2) Danger space 4
-B/W alar and prevertebral fascia.
-Extends to diaphragm.
What are the groups of muscles in the anterior cervical triangle?
-sternohyoid (S)
-omohyoid (O)
-thyrohyoid (T)
("SOT" from class)
-digastric (anterior, posterior bellies)
(Some Doctors Make the Grade)
Does the accessory nerve cross the posterior
What is the nerve supply to the
sternocleidomastoid and the trapezius?
What important structures are found in the
posterior triangle cranial to the accessory
What types of fibers are found in the
accessory nerve?
Efferent fibers to skeletal muscle which arise
from cells in the ventral gray column of the
cervical spinal cord. In the neck the
accessory nerve also receives proprioceptive
afferent fibers from upper cervical nerves.
How is the platysma related to the investing
fascia of the neck?
The platysma is superficial to the cervical
investing fascia.
What is the name of the fascial layer covering
the floor of the posterior triangle?
This layer is the prevertebral layer (M1 1049-
1053). However, this layer is continuous with
the thoracolumbar fascia of the back and
could be referred to as the cervical portion of
that fascia.
How is the external jugular vein related to the
platysma? to the investing fascia of the neck?
The external jugular is deep to the platysma
and superficial to the investing fascia until it
perforates it near its termination.
How is the external jugular vein related to the
It passes across the external surface of the
Name the muscles which form the floor of the
posterior triangle.
From superior to inferior – the semispinalis
capitis, the splenius capitis, the levator
scapulae, the posterior scalene, the middle
scalene, and the anterior scalene (A697,
G8.3B, 8.3C).
What structures pass between the anterior
and middle scalene muscles?
The roots of the brachial plexus and the
subclavian artery.
How are the subclavian artery and the brachial plexus related to the fascia
covering the floor of the posterior triangle?
This fascia (prevertebral fascia, scalene fascia,
cervical portion of thoracolumbar fascia)
covers the subclavian artery and the roots of
the brachial plexus and extends outward
along them as the axillary sheath.
Which anterior primary rami make up the
cervical plexus? the brachial plexus?
The anterior primary rami of C1 through C4
make up the cervical plexus. The brachial
plexus is made up by the anterior primary
rami of C5 through T1.
Locate the cell bodies of all the nerve fibers
in the cervical plexus.
The dorsal root ganglia of the first four
cervical nerves, the ventral gray column of
the upper cervical spinal cord, and the
superior cervical ganglion.
What structures are innervated by the
cervical plexus?
The skin of the anterior and lateral parts of the
neck, the lower part of the external ear, and
the skin just posterior to the external ear, the
skin of the upper anterior chest wall and the
upper and lateral areas of the shoulder, the
pericardium, pleura, and peritoneum in
relation to the central portion of the
diaphragm. Muscular branches innervate the
diaphragm, the infrahyoid muscles, and some
of the deep neck muscles.
How is the phrenic nerve related to the prevertebral
fascia in the neck?
The phrenic nerve is deep to the prevertebral
fascia in the neck.
What is the name of the space between
the esophagus and the prevertebral fascia?
What are its cranial and caudal limits?
The space behind the esophagus, between it
and the prevertebral fascia, is called the
retrovisceral or retropharyngeal space. It
extends upward to the base of the skull, and
therefore is located behind the esophagus
(retroesophageal) as well as behind the
pharynx (retropharyngeal). This space has
been called the "danger space" since it
extends caudally throughout the thorax all the
way to the diaphragm. Through this space,
infections that originate in the neck can easily
pass down into the posterior mediastinum.
How is the sternocleidomastoid related to
the investing fascia of the neck (superficial layer
of the deep cervical fascia)?
It lies within the Investing Fascia and superficial to the infrahyoid fascia.
Does the facial vein drain primarily into the iternal or external jugular?
It usually either joins the anterior branch of the retromandibular vein to form the common facial vein, or drains directly into the internal jugular vein.
Describe Horner's syndrome.
caused by damage to the cervical sympathetic trunk or postgang fibers supplying the head. Symptoms: pupil constriction/inability to dialate pupil, ptosis (b/c of non-func super tarsal musc), vasodialation (often are flushed), no sweating.
Describe the autonom nerve system in the neck.
The bilateral sym trunk begins at c1, is composed of 3 gang (1. superior, 2. middle...aka thyroid, 3. inferior which sometimes fuses w/lower gang to make stellate gang) these gang are connected by cords, the ansa subclavia is a loop formed by a cord connecting the middle & inf gang that sometimes goes around the subclavian art and may encompass the vertebral art.