Cricoid cartilage

The cricoid cartilage is a ring shaped structure that sits just below the thyroid cartilage. It is the only complete cartilaginous ring of the whole airway.

Gross Anatomy

The anterior portion is called the arch and the posterior quadrangular shaped portion is the lamina. It articulates with the thyroid and arytenoid cartilages by synovial joints. In the midline of the lamina there is a vertical ridge with shallow concavities for each side of the posterior cricoarytenoid muscle to attach to. The cricoid cartilage attaches to the thyroid cartilage by the median cricothyroid ligament and to the first tracheal ring by the cricotracheal ligament.


Head and neck anatomy
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rID: 44514
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
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