The vertebrae are
the bones of the spine. Discs between the vertebrae support and cushion these
bones. The spinal cord runs through the vertebrae and carries messages back and
forth between the brain and the rest of the body.
The front of
the neck contains the esophagus, which carries food and liquid to the stomach,
and the trachea, which carries air to the lungs.
Primary Medical Reviewer
William H. Blahd, Jr., MD, FACEP - Emergency Medicine
Specialist Medical Reviewer
Robert B. Keller, MD - Orthopedics
August 2, 2010
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August 02, 2010
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