Thyroid cartilage

Dr Henry Knipe and Tom Spencer et al.

The thyroid cartilage is the largest of the cartilages of the larynx, with its superior pole sitting at the level of the C4 vertebrae.

Gross Anatomy

The thyroid cartilage consists of two laminae that are fused anteriorly in the median plane to form the laryngeal prominence. Each laminae possesses an oblique ridge with a tubercle superiorly and inferiorly. Posteriorly its borders are free and project upwards and downwards as the superior and inferior horns. The superior horns attach to the hyoid bone by the thyrohyoid membrane, and the inferior horns articulate with the cricoid cartilage at the cricothyroid joint.

Head and neck anatomy
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rID: 44430
System: Head & Neck
Section: Anatomy
Tag: larynx
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