Inferior mediastinum (overview)

The inferior mediastinum is a space continuous with the superior mediastinum (read more!) above. It extends from the transverse thoracic plane to the inferior thoracic aperture and diaphragm

The pericardium (read more!) further subdivides the inferior mediastinum into three compartments: 


Note: The transverse thoracic plane is a horizontal plane that passes through and connects the sternal angle to the intervertebral disc between the fourth and fiftth thoracic vertebrae. It divides mediastinum into two compartments - superior and inferior mediastinum.