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Published online: 2006-09-18
Submitted: 2012-02-06
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An unusual course of the radial artery

Pelin C, Zagyapan R, Mas N, Karabay G
Folia Morphol 2006;65(4):410-413.

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Vol 65, No 4 (2006)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2006-09-18
Submitted: 2012-02-06

Abstract

Radial artery variations are of importance for clinicians, whether in angiographic examinations or surgical approaches. The high origin radial artery is the most frequent arterial variation observed in the upper limb, showing an incidence of 14.27% in dissection material and 9.75% in angiographic examination. In the present study an unusual course of the radial artery and its relation with the median nerve has been evaluated. During embryological development the radial artery sprouts from two arterial buds arising from the lateral side of the brachial artery and coalescing with each other. The artery lies in the forearm and is overlapped by the brachioradial muscle. In this particular case the radial artery originated from the medial side of the brachial artery and crossed the median nerve twice in an unusual manner 8 cm below the point at which the deep brachial artery arose and 12 cm above the intercondylar line. These results will enhance anatomical knowledge of the region and reduce complication in surgical approaches.

Abstract

Radial artery variations are of importance for clinicians, whether in angiographic examinations or surgical approaches. The high origin radial artery is the most frequent arterial variation observed in the upper limb, showing an incidence of 14.27% in dissection material and 9.75% in angiographic examination. In the present study an unusual course of the radial artery and its relation with the median nerve has been evaluated. During embryological development the radial artery sprouts from two arterial buds arising from the lateral side of the brachial artery and coalescing with each other. The artery lies in the forearm and is overlapped by the brachioradial muscle. In this particular case the radial artery originated from the medial side of the brachial artery and crossed the median nerve twice in an unusual manner 8 cm below the point at which the deep brachial artery arose and 12 cm above the intercondylar line. These results will enhance anatomical knowledge of the region and reduce complication in surgical approaches.
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Keywords

radial artery; embryological; median nerve; variation; flap surgery; neuropathy

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Title

An unusual course of the radial artery

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 65, No 4 (2006)

Pages

410-413

Published online

2006-09-18

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2006;65(4):410-413.

Keywords

radial artery
embryological
median nerve
variation
flap surgery
neuropathy

Authors

Pelin C
Zagyapan R
Mas N
Karabay G

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