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Vol 75, No 2 (2016)
REVIEW ARTICLES
Published online: 2015-11-06
Submitted: 2015-06-01
Accepted: 2015-07-13
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Clinical anatomy and clinical significance of the cervical intervertebral foramen: a review

G. Sioutas, S. Kapetanakis
DOI: 10.5603/FM.a2015.0096
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Pubmed: 26542962
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Folia Morphol 2016;75(2):143-148.

open access

Vol 75, No 2 (2016)
REVIEW ARTICLES
Published online: 2015-11-06
Submitted: 2015-06-01
Accepted: 2015-07-13

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to summarise the knowledge about the anatomy of the cervical intervertebral foramen as a whole. Such reviews are rare in the literature. The intervertebral or neural foramen is the opening between the spinal canal and the extraspinal region. It is located between the vertebral pedicles at all spinal levels. A number of structures pass through the foramen: nerves, vessels and ligaments. We describe the bony borders and dimensions of the foramen, the adjacent ligaments, the arteries and veins passing through or neighbouring it, and the neural components. Many procedures are performed in the area of the cervical intervertebral foramen. Knowledge of the anatomy of the foramen is essential in order to operate to the area and to minimize iatrogenic injuries.

Abstract

The aim of this paper is to summarise the knowledge about the anatomy of the cervical intervertebral foramen as a whole. Such reviews are rare in the literature. The intervertebral or neural foramen is the opening between the spinal canal and the extraspinal region. It is located between the vertebral pedicles at all spinal levels. A number of structures pass through the foramen: nerves, vessels and ligaments. We describe the bony borders and dimensions of the foramen, the adjacent ligaments, the arteries and veins passing through or neighbouring it, and the neural components. Many procedures are performed in the area of the cervical intervertebral foramen. Knowledge of the anatomy of the foramen is essential in order to operate to the area and to minimize iatrogenic injuries.

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Keywords

intervertebral foramen, neural foramen, cervical, anatomy, review

About this article
Title

Clinical anatomy and clinical significance of the cervical intervertebral foramen: a review

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 75, No 2 (2016)

Pages

143-148

Published online

2015-11-06

DOI

10.5603/FM.a2015.0096

Pubmed

26542962

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2016;75(2):143-148.

Keywords

intervertebral foramen
neural foramen
cervical
anatomy
review

Authors

G. Sioutas
S. Kapetanakis

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