Anomalous branching pattern of external carotid artery: Clinical relevance to cervicofacial surgery

N. Eid, Y. Ito, Y. Otsuki

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Abstract

Anomalous branching pattern of the left external carotid artery (ECA) was detected in an old man. The ECA branched into high submental artery and large transverse facial artery ending as angular artery compensating for concurrent agenesis of ipsilateral facial artery. The lingual artery gave direct branch to the submandibular gland, whereas the superior thyroid artery arose directly from common carotid artery with high bifurcation level. This unreported branching pattern of the ECA may have important clinical relevance to cervicofacial surgery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)953-955
Number of pages3
JournalClinical Anatomy
Volume24
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2011
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • abnormal branching
  • absent facial artery
  • carotid bifurcation
  • external carotid artery
  • submandibular gland
  • submental artery
  • transverse facial artery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy
  • Histology

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