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Primary syllabus: Anatomy

Created: 19/12/2004

Candidates should be able to demonstrate a good understanding of human anatomy relevant to the practice of anaesthesia.

Respiratory system

Mouth, nose, pharynx, larynx, trachea, main bronchi, segmental bronchi, structure of

bronchial tree

Pleura, mediastinum

Lungs, lobes, bronchopulmonary segments. Structure of lungs

Innervation of respiratory tract, blood supply and lymphatic drainage

Diaphragm, muscles of respiration, innervation

Cardiovascular system

Heart, chambers, conducting system, blood and nerve supply. Pericardium

Great vessels, main peripheral arteries and veins

Fetal circulation

Nervous system

Brain and spinal cord, structure of spinal cord, age variation, spinal meninges, subdural and extradural space, contents of extradural space, cerebrospinal fluid Spinal nerves, dermatomes

Cervical plexus, brachial plexus, nerves of arm

Intercostal nerves

Lumbar plexus, nerves of abdominal wall

Sacral and coccygeal plexuses, nerves of leg

Autonomic nervous system, sympathetic innervation, sympathetic chain, ganglia and plexuses

Stellate ganglion

Parasympathetic innervation. Coeliac plexus

Cranial nerves. Trigeminal ganglion

Vertebral column

Cervical, thoracic and lumbar vertebrae

Sacrum, sacral hiatus

Ligaments of vertebral column

Areas of special interest

Base of skull

The thoracic inlet and 1st rib

Intercostal spaces including paravertebral space

Abdominal wall (including the inguinal region)

Antecubital fossa

Large veins of neck

Large veins of leg


Anatomy of tracheostomy, cricothyrotomy

Eye and orbit


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