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Vol 63, No 3 (2004)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2004-06-04
Submitted: 2012-02-06
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A case of an anomalous cricothyroid artery

M Loukas, RG Louis, GS Cruz
Folia Morphol 2004;63(3):359-362.

open access

Vol 63, No 3 (2004)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2004-06-04
Submitted: 2012-02-06

Abstract

The cricothyroid artery typically originates as a branch of the superior thyroid artery and courses medially to reach the median cricothyroid ligament. Anatomical variations of this pattern are not well documented in the literature. We present a case in which the left cricothyroid artery originated from the left superior thyroid artery near the superior border of the thyroid cartilage and coursed medially to pierce the thyroid lamina. This variation was found during a routine anatomy dissection at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. The possible clinical implications and their relevance to emergency airway management procedures are discussed.

Abstract

The cricothyroid artery typically originates as a branch of the superior thyroid artery and courses medially to reach the median cricothyroid ligament. Anatomical variations of this pattern are not well documented in the literature. We present a case in which the left cricothyroid artery originated from the left superior thyroid artery near the superior border of the thyroid cartilage and coursed medially to pierce the thyroid lamina. This variation was found during a routine anatomy dissection at the American University of the Caribbean School of Medicine. The possible clinical implications and their relevance to emergency airway management procedures are discussed.
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Keywords

cricothyroid artery; thyroid lamina; cricothyroid membrane; median cricothyroid ligament; cricothyroidostomy; cricothyrodectomy

About this article
Title

A case of an anomalous cricothyroid artery

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 63, No 3 (2004)

Pages

359-362

Published online

2004-06-04

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2004;63(3):359-362.

Keywords

cricothyroid artery
thyroid lamina
cricothyroid membrane
median cricothyroid ligament
cricothyroidostomy
cricothyrodectomy

Authors

M Loukas
RG Louis
GS Cruz

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