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Clinical anatomy of the trachea and bronchi

The respiratory throat (trachea) is a continuation of the larynx, with which it is connected through the cricotracheal ligament (lig. Cricotracheale). Trachea - a long cylindrical tube (length 11-13 cm); it begins at the body level of Suz. and at the level of ThiV — Thv is divided into two main bronchi (bronchus principalis dexter et sinister). The beginning of the septum dividing the trachea is called the spur (carina; Fig. 3.6), and the division site is called bifurcation. In newborns, the lower end of the trachea is at the level of the ThIU — ThIV bodies, at the age of 2-6 years - at the level of the ThIv body.

The wall of the trachea consists of 16-20 hyaline cartilage (cartilagines tracheales) horseshoe-shaped, the free ends of which are directed posteriorly. Between them, the membranous part of the tracheal wall (paries membranaceus tracheae), consisting of a large number of collagen and elastic fibers, is stretched. In the deep layers there are smooth muscle fibers.

Cartilages are interconnected by annular ligaments (Iigg. Annularia). The lumen of the trachea expands upon inhalation and narrows upon exhalation. The lumen width of the trachea varies: in men it varies from 15 to 22 mm, in women from 13 to 18 mm, in a nursing infant it is 6-7 mm, in a child of 10 years old it is 8-11 mm. From the inside, the trachea is lined with mucous membrane and covered with a cylindrical ciliated epithelium. The working movement of the cilia is directed upward. In the mucous membrane of the trachea there are many glands that produce a protein-mucous secretion. In the area of ​​the posterior wall, the mucous membrane forms small folds.

In the loose connective tissue surrounding the trachea, there is a large number of lymph nodes, especially a lot of them in the area of ​​bifurcation.

The posterior membranous part of the tracheal wall is adjacent to the anterior wall of the esophagus. This ratio should be borne in mind when performing a tracheostomy, when it is possible to injure the wall of the esophagus and the formation of further tracheoesophageal fistula.

A large vessel (arcus aortae et a.anonyma) is adjacent to the anterior and lateral walls of the trachea, in addition, the isthmus of the thyroid gland lies in the cervical part on the front surface of the trachea, and the thymus (gl.thymus in children under the age of 14–16 years) ) At the bifurcation site, the spur (carina) is slightly deviated to the left. Of the two main bronchi, the right is shorter and wider than the left. The length of the right bronchus is 3 cm, the left is 5 cm. The diameter of the main bronchi is on average 10-16 mm. The right bronchus is almost a continuation of the trachea, so foreign bodies most often fall into it.
Entering the lungs

Fig. 3.5.

Innervation of the neck and larynx


1 - tip of the tongue; 2 - an internal jugular vein; 3 - stylo-lingual muscle; 4 - lingual-lingual muscle; 5 - sympathetic trunk; 6 - chin-hyoid muscle; 7 — hyoid bone; 8 - upper cardiac cervical nerve; 9 — vagus nerve; 10 - thyroid cartilage; 11 — upper cardiac branch; 12 - thyroid gland, 13 - recurrent laryngeal nerve; 14, 17 — lower infernal branch, 15 — communicative depressive-return branch; 16 - common carotid artery; 18 - subclavian artery; 19 - aortic arch; 20 - lower laryngeal nerve; 21 - pulmonary trunk; 22 - superior vena cava; 23 - ascending aorta; 24 - brachiocephalic trunk; 25 - I rib; 26 - lower throat nerve; 27 - subclavian artery; 28 - anterior scalene muscle; 29 - common carotid artery; 30 - brachial plexus; 31 — vertebral artery; 32 - recurrent laryngeal nerve; 33 - middle scalene muscle; 34 - posterior scalene muscle; 35 - muscle lifting the scapula; 36 - upper laryngeal nerve; 37 - the hyoid nerve; 38 - upper cervical ganglion; 39 - the lower node of the vagus nerve; 40 - glossopharyngeal nerve; 41 - a throat.

each of the main bronchi, branching, tapers, goes down and back to the base of the lung, branching tree-like in it.

The bronchial tree is characterized by movements similar to peristaltic (when inhaling, the bronchus lengthens and expands, when exhaling - vice versa).

The trachea and bronchial tubes are carried out due to the lower thyroid (a.thyroidea inferior) and bronchial (a.bronchialis) arteries, their branches run along the lateral wall of the trachea and bronchi, as well as in transverse direction between the cartilages in the annular ligament (lig. annularae) and form the plexus. The veins of the trachea and bronchi flow into the lower thyroid veins (w.thyroideae inferiores).

The trachea and bronchial neuritis occurs due to the recurrent nerve (n.recurrens), the vagus nerve (n.vagus) and its tracheal branches, which form the tracheal plexus (plexus trachealis) in the lower section of the respiratory tract.

The muscle fibers embedded in the bronchi are supplied with nerve fibers of the vagus and sympathetic nerves.
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Clinical anatomy of the trachea and bronchi

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  4. Clinical physiology of the larynx, trachea and bronchi
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  5. Malformations of the wall of the trachea and bronchi.
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