Superficial Ulnar Artery: A Case Report of its Unusual Course

Quadros, Lydia Shobha and Bhat, Nandini and D’Souza, Antony Sylvan (2015) Superficial Ulnar Artery: A Case Report of its Unusual Course. Malaysian Journal of Medical Sciences, 22 (3). pp. 65-67.

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After arising from the brachial artery in the cubital fossa the ulnar artery usually passes deep into the superficial flexor muscles of the forearm. In the lower two-thirds, it typically follows a sub-fascial course. In the present case, during a routine undergraduate course dissection of a cadaver, it was found that the ulnar artery arose normally as a terminal branch of the brachial artery in the cubital fossa, followed a sub-fascial course by lying superficial to the flexor muscles then completed the superficial palmar arch in hand. This artery gave only minute muscular branches in the forearm. Moreover, the main branches that usually arise from the ulnar artery were given off by the radial artery. This type of variation is of importance for both the clinicians and surgeons due to its vulnerability to injuries and of academic interest for anatomists.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Brachial artery; Common interosseous artery; Radial artery; Superficial palmar arch; Superficial ulnar artery
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Manipal > Anatomy
Depositing User: KMC Manipal
Date Deposited: 20 May 2015 03:50
Last Modified: 20 May 2015 03:50

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