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Vol 76, No 2 (2017)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2016-09-28
Submitted: 2016-08-09
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Tetrafurcation of the subscapular artery. Anatomical and clinical implications

I. Dimovelis, A. Michalinos, Eleftherios Spartalis, G. Athanasiadis, P. Skandalakis, T. Troupis
DOI: 10.5603/FM.a2016.0057
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Pubmed: 27714732
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Folia Morphol 2017;76(2):312-315.

open access

Vol 76, No 2 (2017)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2016-09-28
Submitted: 2016-08-09
Accepted: 2016-08-23

Abstract

Anatomic variations of axillary artery branches are commonly encountered during radiological investigation and surgical operations. Their existence can confuse interpretation of radiological results and lead to undesired complications during surgery. In this report authors describe a rare case of a subscapular arterial trunk that gave origin to thoracodorsal, circumflex scapular, posterior humeral circumflex, and lateral thoracic artery. Such a variation might cause undesired sequelae during trauma management and a variety of common flap harvesting operations including latissimus dorsi, scapular and parascapular flaps. Furthermore it presents embryological interest as it gives insight to embryologic development of axillary area.

Abstract

Anatomic variations of axillary artery branches are commonly encountered during radiological investigation and surgical operations. Their existence can confuse interpretation of radiological results and lead to undesired complications during surgery. In this report authors describe a rare case of a subscapular arterial trunk that gave origin to thoracodorsal, circumflex scapular, posterior humeral circumflex, and lateral thoracic artery. Such a variation might cause undesired sequelae during trauma management and a variety of common flap harvesting operations including latissimus dorsi, scapular and parascapular flaps. Furthermore it presents embryological interest as it gives insight to embryologic development of axillary area.

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Keywords

subscapular artery, posterior humeral circumflex artery, thoracodorsal artery, lateral thoracic artery, scapular flap, plastic surgery

About this article
Title

Tetrafurcation of the subscapular artery. Anatomical and clinical implications

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 76, No 2 (2017)

Pages

312-315

Published online

2016-09-28

DOI

10.5603/FM.a2016.0057

Pubmed

27714732

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2017;76(2):312-315.

Keywords

subscapular artery
posterior humeral circumflex artery
thoracodorsal artery
lateral thoracic artery
scapular flap
plastic surgery

Authors

I. Dimovelis
A. Michalinos
Eleftherios Spartalis
G. Athanasiadis
P. Skandalakis
T. Troupis

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