Postcaval recess

The postcaval recess is one of the pericardial recesses forming a small space within the pericardium, which arises from the transverse pericardial sinus. It is located posterior to the superior vena cava and superior to the right superior pulmonary vein.

It may mimic mediastinal lymphadenopathy or a bronchogenic cyst.

Thoracic anatomy
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Article information

rID: 47078
System: Cardiac
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Post caval recess

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