Triangles of the neck

Last revised by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking on 03 Sep 2020

The triangles of the neck are surgically focused divisions of the neck, first described from early dissection-based anatomical studies which predated cross-sectional anatomical description based on cross-sectional imaging (see deep spaces of the neck).

The neck can be divided into anterior and posterior triangles by the sternocleidomastoid muscle, and each triangle again further subdivided:

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Head and neck

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: surgical triangles of the neck (Gray's illustration)
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