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Pretracheal Fascia
Connective Tissue

Pretracheal Fascia

Fascia pretrachealis

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Structure

The pretracheal fascia is part of the visceral division of the deep cervical fascia. It lies anterior to the trachea.

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Anatomical Relations

Superiorly, the pretracheal fascia is attached to the bottom of the hyoid bone. It runs inferiorly covering the anterior and lateral aspects of the trachea. Inferiorly, it is continuous with the fibrous pericardium. In the neck, it expands to cover the thyroid gland (Standring, 2016).

Function

The pretracheal fascia allows for frictionless movement of the component parts and anchors the thyroid gland during swallowing.

List of Clinical Correlates

—Myofascial pain

References

Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice, 41st ed. Elsevier Limited.

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Fascia

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The fascia is also defined as a “the fascial system consists of the three-dimensional continuum of soft, collagen containing, loose and dense fibrous connective tissues that permeate the body” by Fascia Nomenclature Committee (Bordoni and Whitte, 2018), an as “masses of connective tissue large enough to be visible to the unaided eye” by Gray’s Anatomy (Standring, 2016).

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