Notes on the Chest Wall

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Contents of the Thoracic Cavity:

These are my notes on the thoracic cavity, which includes the lungs, heart, and great vessels. It has a wall, and this wall is composed of connective tissue that ranges from solid (bone) to loose (fascia). We want to understand how tissues are arranged to form a solid wall around the visceral cavities of the trunk. The surface of this wall shows landmarks that are useful in physical exam of a patient, and particularly for listening to the lungs and heart valves. The surface of the chest also contains the breast, a gland of prominent clinical significance, and muscles that have migrated onto the chest from the upper limb. I like to build the bony core of the wall, then work in from superficial to deep.

Chapters on Chest Wall:

1. Osteology of Pectoral Region
2. Glandular Structure of the Mammary Gland
3. Development of the Breast
4. Fluid Circulation in the Breast
5. Muscles of the Pectoral Region
6. Intercostal Connective Tissue
7. Notes on Neurovascular Bundle

Additional Reading:

Histology and Cytology

1. Cell Components
2. Nervous Tissue
3. Muscle Tissue
4. Lymphoid Tissue
5. Integument
6. Respiratory System
7. Gastrointestinal System
8. Renal/Urinary System
9. Male Reproductive System
10. Female Reproductive System

Gross Anatomy

1. Back and Nervous System
2. Thorax
3. Abdomen, Pelvis, and Perineum
4. Upper Limb
5. Lower Limb
6. Head and Neck
7. Chest Wall
8. Shoulder

Anatomy Videos

1. Video of Musculoskeletal Examination in a Clinical Setting
1. Video of HEENT Examination in a Clinical Setting

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