Anatomic Relationships

The normal trachea viewed anteroposteriorly lies in the midline, connecting the larynx with the carina. In the lateral view, however, the trachea is tilted, slanting from an anterior, nearly subcutaneous position just below the larynx to a posterior one at the carinal level, where it lies against the esophagus close to the vertebrae. Although there is great individual variation, this angle from the vertical gradually increases with age

Table 1-1 Tracheal Dimensions in Children and Young Adults

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