Carotid Triangle

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English: Carotid triangle
Latin: Trigonum caroticum
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Carotid triangle

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Carotid triangle is a space at the anterior portion of the neck. It is bound by the sternocleidomastoid muscle, by the superior belly of the omohyoid muscle and by the posterior belly of the digastric muscle with the stylohyoideus.

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Content of the carotid triangle

This area contains common carotid artery with its branches: internal carotid artery and external carotid artery. External carotid artery then gives these branches:

In the carotid triangle we can also see the hypoglossal nerve, which crosses the bifurcated carotid arteries, and accessory nerve. Behind the carotid arteries and internal jugular vein we can find the vagus nerve and much deeper the sympathetic trunk.

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