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Anterior Tibial Recurrent Artery (Left)
Cardiovascular System

Anterior Tibial Recurrent Artery (Left)

Arteria recurrens tibialis anterior

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Quick Facts

Origin: Anterior tibial artery.

Course: Ascends within the tibialis anterior muscle.

Branches: Anastomoses with the genicular and circumflex fibular arteries.

Supplied Structures: Tibialis anterior muscle and knee joint.

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Origin

The anterior tibial recurrent artery arises from the anterior tibial artery, approximately 6–8 cm inferior to the knee joint (Tubbs, Shoja and Loukas, 2016).

Course

From its origin, the anterior tibial recurrent artery travels medially and ascends along the lateral aspect of the tibial tuberosity. Here, it anastomoses with the inferior lateral genicular artery.

Branches

The anterior tibial recurrent artery anastomoses with the genicular and circumflex fibular arteries.

Supplied Structures

The anterior tibial artery is the primary supply to the tibialis anterior muscle and contributes to the vascular supply of the knee joint.

References

Tubbs, R. S., Shoja, M. M. and Loukas, M. (2016) Bergman's Comprehensive Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation. Wiley.

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The anterior tibial artery from the anterior compartment of the leg continues on to the foot as the dorsalis pedis artery (Fig. 6.83) from which the arcuate artery and the dorsal metatarsal arteries arise (see also pgs 149, 150).

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