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Thorac Surg Clin. 2009 Nov;19(4):419-29, v. doi: 10.1016/j.thorsurg.2009.08.002.

Surgical conditions of the diaphragm: anatomy and physiology.

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Division of Thoracic Surgery, Toronto General Hospital, University of Toronto, 200 Elizabeth Street, Toronto, Ontario M5G2C4, Canada.

Abstract

The diaphragm (Greek: dia = in-between, phragma = fence) is a musculoaponeurotic structure that serves as the most important respiratory muscle and the separating structure between the abdominal and thoracic cavities. This article reviews the anatomic components of the diaphragm, its pivotal role in respiration and in the gastroesophageal mechanism, and the surgical implications of the anatomic structuring.

PMID:
20112625
DOI:
10.1016/j.thorsurg.2009.08.002
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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