Diaphragmatic apertures (mnemonic)

A useful mnemonic to remember the thoracic spinal levels at which the three major structures pass through the diaphragm is:

  • I ate (8) 10 eggs at 12


  • I ate (8): inferior vena cava at T8
  • 10 eggs: (o)esophagus at T10
  • at 12: aorta at T12
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rID: 45595
System: Chest
Sections: Anatomy, Mnemonics
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