The Infra-aortic Area

  • E. Robert Heitzman


The portion of the mediastinum to be considered in this chapter lies below the aortic arch and behind the left side of the anterior mediastinum. The anatomy of the thoracic aorta has been discussed in detail in chapter 6. The proximal portion of the main pulmonary artery is situated anterior to the root of the aorta (see Fig. 6.2). As the pulmonary artery ascends, it comes to lie to the left of the ascending aorta; at this point the two great vessels are in the same coronal plane (see Fig. 6.3). This plane marks the anterior boundary of the infra-aortic area; the posterior margin of the anterior mediastinum is the pericardium covering the great vessels and the heart [27, 154].


Aortic Arch Thoracic Duct Left Pulmonary Artery Compute Tomogram Left Main Bronchus 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • E. Robert Heitzman
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  1. 1.Department of RadiologyState University of New York Health Science Center University HospitalSyracuseUSA

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