Transpyloric plane

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Transpyloric plane
Surface lines of the front of the thorax and abdomen. (Transpyloric is top horizontal line.)
Front of abdomen, showing surface markings for duodenum, pancreas, and kidneys.
Latin planum transpyloricum
Gray's p.1315

An upper transverse line also known as Addison's Plane, located halfway between the jugular notch and the upper border of the pubic symphysis. It is also said to lie roughly a hand's breadth beneath the xiphoid process of the human sternum. The plane in most cases cuts through the pylorus of the stomach, the tips of the ninth costal cartilages and the lower border of the first lumbar vertebra.

Structures crossed[edit]

The transpyloric plane is clinically notable because it passes through several important abdominal structures. These include:


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine - Abdomen Objectives
  2. ^ a b c d e f g Unless else specified in list, then ref is: Bålens ytanatomi (surface anatomy). Godfried Roomans, Mats Hjortberg and Anca Dragomir. Institution for Anatomy, Uppsala. 2008.
  3. ^ coloredSpine.jpg

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.