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Pericardial sinus
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Posterior wall of the pericardial sac, showing the lines of reflection of the serous pericardium on the great vessels. (Transverse sinus labeled at center. Oblique sinus not labeled, but visible below transverse sinus.)
Gray's subject #137 526
Dorlands/Elsevier s_12/12739027

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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]


There are two Pericardial sinuses: transverse and oblique.

  • The cul-de-sac enclosed between the limbs of the inverted U of the venous mesocardium lies behind the left atrium and is known as the oblique sinus.[1]
  • The passage between the venous and arterial mesocardia—i.e., between the aorta and pulmonary artery in front and the atria behind—is termed the transverse sinus.[2]

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