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Published online: 2012-04-19
Submitted: 2012-06-27
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Bilateral superficial ulnar artery with high origin from the axillary artery: its anatomy and clinical significance

G. Gupta, K. Singh, S. Chhabra, V. Gupta, I. Kayalvizhi
Folia Morphol 2012;71(1):48-51.

open access

Vol 71, No 1 (2012)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2012-04-19
Submitted: 2012-06-27

Abstract

The superficial ulnar artery (SUA) is a rare anatomical variant that usually arises either in the axilla or the arm and runs a superficial course in the forearm, enters the hand, and participates in the formation of superficial palmar arch. During the routine dissection of cadavers in the department of anatomy, whilst preparing the specimen for medical students, an unusual bilateral branch of the axillary artery was found in one of the cadavers: a rare variant of the artery known as SUA, which originates from the 2nd part of the axillary arteries of both sides. The SUA is a known anatomical variant, but the bilateral high origin from the 2nd part of the axillary artery is extremely unusual. Its occurrence is of great clinical importance to the surgical and radiological departments.

Abstract

The superficial ulnar artery (SUA) is a rare anatomical variant that usually arises either in the axilla or the arm and runs a superficial course in the forearm, enters the hand, and participates in the formation of superficial palmar arch. During the routine dissection of cadavers in the department of anatomy, whilst preparing the specimen for medical students, an unusual bilateral branch of the axillary artery was found in one of the cadavers: a rare variant of the artery known as SUA, which originates from the 2nd part of the axillary arteries of both sides. The SUA is a known anatomical variant, but the bilateral high origin from the 2nd part of the axillary artery is extremely unusual. Its occurrence is of great clinical importance to the surgical and radiological departments.
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Keywords

anatomical variant; axillary artery; superficial ulnar artery

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Title

Bilateral superficial ulnar artery with high origin from the axillary artery: its anatomy and clinical significance

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 71, No 1 (2012)

Pages

48-51

Published online

2012-04-19

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2012;71(1):48-51.

Keywords

anatomical variant
axillary artery
superficial ulnar artery

Authors

G. Gupta
K. Singh
S. Chhabra
V. Gupta
I. Kayalvizhi

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