- Cricothyroid ligament
Ligament: Cricothyroid ligament The ligaments of the larynx. Antero-lateral view. Latin ligamentum cricothyreoideum Gray's subject #236 1078 From To Dorlands/Elsevier l_09/12489277
The cricothyroid ligament is the larger part of the laryngeal membrane, continuing inferiorly as a median or anterior part and twin lateral ligaments.
The median cricothyroid ligament is a flat band of white tissue joining the cricoid and thyroid cartilages, while the lateral cricothyroid ligament is also known as the cricothyroid membrane (also called conus elasticus).
This ligament is cut during emergency cricothyrotomy. This ligament's main purpose is to keep the cricoid and thyroid from traveling too far.
Head and neck anatomy, Upper RT: Larynx (TA A06.2, TH H3.05.01, GA 11.1072) Cartilages Ligaments/folds· lower: Cricothyroid ligament (Median, Lateral/Conus elasticus, Vocal ligament/Vocal folds) Laryngeal cavity Other
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