Middle cervical ganglion
The middle cervical ganglion is the smallest of the three cervical ganglia, and is occasionally absent. It is placed opposite the sixth cervical vertebra, usually in front of, or close to, the inferior thyroid artery. It sends gray rami communicantes to the fifth and sixth cervical nerves, and gives off the middle cardiac nerve.
|Middle cervical ganglion|
Diagram of the cervical sympathetic. ("Middle cervical ganglion" labeled at center right.)
|From||middle cardiac nerve|
|Latin||ganglion cervicale medium|
|Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy|
- Gray Rami Communicantes to the anterior rami of the fifth and sixth cervical nerves.
- Thyroid Branches which pass along the inferior thyroid artery to the thyroid gland.
- The middle cardiac branch, which descends in the neck and ends in the cardiac plexus in the thorax
- thoraxlesson4 at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University) (thoraxautonomicner)
- Anatomy photo:31:07-0202 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "The Sympathetic Trunk and Cervical Ganglia"
- Clinical Anatomy by Richard S. Snell seventh edition page 744