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Carotid Sheath

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The carotid sheath is a structure that extends from the base of the skull to the root of the neck. It is located between the investing pretracheal and prevertebral fascia and contains various components such as the internal carotid artery, sympathetic nerve fibers, internal jugular vein, vagus nerve, carotid sinus nerve, ansa cervicalis, lymph vessels, and cervical lymph nodes.

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  1. The carotid sheath is a structure that contains important components such as the internal carotid artery, sympathetic nerve fibers, internal jugular vein, and vagus nerve.
  2. It extends from the base of the skull to the root of the neck and is located between the investing pretracheal and prevertebral fascia.
  3. The carotid sheath communicates with the mediastinum of the thorax and cranial cavity, allowing for potential spread of infection and blood.
  4. The internal carotid artery has different branches in different parts of the neck, while the internal jugular vein receives blood from the brain, face, and neck.
  5. The carotid sheath is thicker over arteries and thinner over veins, with the sympathetic trunk lying posterior to it.

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