Superior pulmonary sulcus

The superior pulmonary sulcus (or just the superior sulcus) refers to an apical pleuro-pulmonary groove formed by the subclavian artery as it curves in front of the pleura runs upward and lateral immediately below the apex. It is a typical location for Pancoast tumours (also known as superior sulcus tumours) that arise from pulmonary tissue.

Anatomy: Thoracic
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rID: 26495
System: Chest
Section: Anatomy
Tags: stub, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Superior pulmonary sulci
  • Superior sulcus
  • Superior sulci

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