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Intertransverse Ligaments (Thoracic Region; Left)
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Intertransverse Ligaments (Thoracic Region; Left)

Ligamenta intertransversaria

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The intertransverse ligaments connect the transverse processes of adjacent vertebrae. These ligaments vary between regions.

—In the cervical region, the intertransverse ligaments consist of a few irregular fibers and are largely replaced by the intertransversarii muscles.

—In the thoracic region, they consist of cords that blend with the adjacent intertransversarii muscles.

—In the lumbar region, the intertransverse ligaments are thin and membranous (Standring, 2020).

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The intertransverse ligaments aid in the stability of the vertebrae and limit lateral hyperflexion.


Standring, S. (2020) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. 42nd edn.: Elsevier Health Sciences.

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