Pharyngeal mucosal space

Dr Craig Hacking and Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

The pharyngeal (or superficial) mucosal space is one of the seven deep compartments of the head and neck. It consists of the mucosa and structures deep to the mucosa of the nasopharynx, the oropharynx, and the laryngopharynx.

Gross anatomy

The pharyngeal mucosal space is the most internal compartment (closest to the airway) of the seven deep compartments of the head and neck, delineated by the pretracheal layer of deep cervical fascia 1. It extends from the base of the skull to the cricoid cartilage 2.


The pharyngeal mucosal space is internal to the middle layer of deep cervical fascia:

Related pathology

Anatomy: Head and neck
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Article information

rID: 10463
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Superficial mucosal space
  • Pharyngeal (superficial) mucosal space

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: pharyngeal mucosal space: annotated MRI
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