vertebra prominens

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ver·te·bra pro·m'i·nens

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the vertebra in the cervicothoracic region which has the most prominent spinous process (seventh cervical vertebra in 70% of the cases, sixth in 20%, and first thoracic vertebra in 10%).
Synonym(s): nuchal tubercle

vertebra prominens

The seventh cervical vertebra.
See also: vertebra
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Cervical rib is a supernumerary rib which arises from the seventh cervical vertebra.
The stellate ganglion is located in the front of the neck between the seventh cervical vertebra and the first thoracic vertebra (C7-TI) (Gutierrez, 2015).
It is located in front of the neck of the first rib extending to the union of the seventh cervical vertebra and the first thoracic vertebra.
DISCUSSION: The cervical rib is a supernumerary rib arising from the costal element of the seventh cervical vertebra.
Similarly, Hare & Rogers (1981), reported a case of compression of the lowest trunk of the brachial plexus by a fibrous scalenus medius muscle band that connected the transverse process of the seventh cervical vertebra, to the first rib.
He was on a 12-foot ladder pulling wire through a pipe to connect to the thermostats when the unthinkable happened: He fell and landed on his head, breaking his neck at the seventh cervical vertebra, paralyzing him instantly from the chest down.
The nuchal ligament is an anatomic structure made of a fibroelastic membrane that extends from the occipital bone to the spine of the seventh cervical vertebra.