What Essential Organs Are in the Thoracic Cavity?

By Staff WriterLast Updated Apr 15, 2020 7:37:50 PM ET
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The essential organs contained within the thoracic cavity are the lungs, the heart, part of the esophagus, the trachea, the thymus gland and the thoracic duct. There are lymph nodes within the thoracic cavity, as well as numerous blood vessels and nerves. There are three compartments within the thoracic cavity: two pulmonary cavities and the mediastinum.