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Gateways to the posterior scapular region

Suprascapular foramen

The suprascapular foramen is the route through which structures pass between the base of the neck and the posterior scapular region. It is formed by the suprascapular notch of the scapula and the superior transverse scapular (suprascapular) ligament, which converts the notch into a foramen.

The suprascapular nerve passes through the suprascapular foramen; the suprascapular artery and the suprascapular vein follow the same course as the nerve, but normally pass immediately superior to the superior transverse scapular ligament and not through the foramen.

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