Superior mediastinum

Last revised by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking on 13 Sep 2018

Superior mediastinum is an artificially divided wedge-shaped compartment of the mediastinum located between the thoracic plane inferiorly and the thoracic inlet superiorly. The inferior mediastinum, comprising of the anterior, middle and posterior parts, lies inferiorly.

Gross anatomy

Boundaries
Contents

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: mediastinal anatomy (Gray's anatomy illustration)
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  • Figure 2: superior mediastinum (Gray's illustration)
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  • Figure 3: annotated CT (yellow)
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  • Case 1: CXR - effect of expiration on the mediastinum
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