Cervical Vertibral Levels



Cervical Vertebral Levels

Learn important landmarks and structures found at various cervical vertebral levels.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pharynx

 

 

 

 

 

Soft Palate

 

 

C1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Superior cervical ganglion

C2

 

Hyoid Bone

 

 

 

 

 

Bifurcation of CCA

 

 

C3

 

 

 

Thyroid cartilage

 

 

 

 

 

Larynx

 

 

 

 

C4

 

 

 

 

 

Thyroid gland

 

 

 

 

 

C5

EJV crosses SCM

 

Cricoid cartilage

Inferior laryngeal nerve enters the larynx

Middle cervical ganglion behind inferior thyroid artery

Vertebral artery enters transverse foramen of C6

C6

 

Isthmus of thyroid gland

Trachea

 

 

Esophagus

 

 

 

Inferior cervical ganglion

 

C7

 

Sterno-clavicular

joint

 

 

 

 

 

 

T1

 

Jugular notch

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

T2

CCA - common carotid artery; EJV - external jugular vein; SCM - sternocleidomastoid

 

 

Hyoid bone C3

Thyroid cartilage C4-C5

Cricoid cartilage C6 (lower border of C6, sometimes C6-C7)

 

Bifurcation of Common Carotid C3-C4

Pharynx C1-C6

Larynx (in adults) C4-C6

Point at which the EJV crosses the posterior border of the SCM muscle C6

 

Pharynx becomes Esophagus C6 (lower border of C6)

Larynx becomes Trachea C6 (lower border of C6)

 

Thyroid gland C5-T1

Isthmus of Thyroid gland C7

 

Superior cervical ganglion (largest) C2-C3

Middle cervical ganglion behind (smallest, sometimes absent) C6

Inferior cervical ganglion C7 (lower border of C7)

 

 

 


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