Retropharyngeal space

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Retropharyngeal space
Latin spatium retropharyngeum
Gray's subject #111 390
Dorlands/Elsevier s_16/12746627

The buccopharyngeal fascia is attached to the prevertebral layer by loose connective tissue only, and thus an easily distended space, the retropharyngeal space, is found between them.

This space is limited above by the base of the skull, while below it extends behind the esophagus into the posterior mediastinal cavity of the thorax.

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