anterior right superior mediastinum

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Within the superior mediastinum, the following structures are anterior and to the right of the arch of the aorta:

  • right and left brachiocephalic veins, joining to form the
  • superior vena cava
  • internal thoracic artery
  • thymus gland
  • right phrenic nerve

Superiorly, these structures lie in relation to the slightly deeper common carotid trunk as it splits into the right common carotid artery and the right subclavian artery.

Last reviewed 01/2018