Prevertebral space

On one side it is bounded by the prevertebral fascia.[1]

Prevertebral space
Section of the neck at about the level of the sixth cervical vertebra. Showing the arrangement of the fascia coli.
Sagittal section of nose mouth, pharynx, and larynx.
Anatomical terminology

The prevertebral space is a space in the neck.

On the other side, some sources define it as bounded by the vertebral bodies,[2] and others define it as bounded by the longus colli.[1]

It includes the prevertebral muscles (longus colli and longus capitis), vertebral artery, vertebral vein, scalene muscles, phrenic nerve and part of the brachial plexus.[3]

In trauma, an increased thickness of the prevertebral space is a sign of injury, and can be measured with medical imaging.[4]


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  2. "Prevertebral space cervical". Medcyclopaedia. GE.
  3. Rojas, C.A.; Vermess, D.; Bertozzi, J.C.; Whitlow, J.; Guidi, C.; Martinez, C.R. (2009). "Normal Thickness and Appearance of the Prevertebral Soft Tissues on Multidetector CT". American Journal of Neuroradiology. 30 (1): 136–141. doi:10.3174/ajnr.A1307. ISSN 0195-6108.

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