Superior aortic recess

Last revised by Dr Mostafa El-Feky on 25 Nov 2020

The superior aortic recess is one of the pericardial recesses forming a small space within the pericardium, which arises from the superior margin of the transverse pericardial sinus and surrounds the root of the ascending aorta.

Its components are variable and may be further subdivided into:

It may mimic mediastinal lymphadenopathy or a bronchogenic cyst.

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