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Anterior Ulnar Recurrent Artery
Cardiovascular System

Anterior Ulnar Recurrent Artery

Arteria recurrens ulnaris anterior

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Quick Facts

Origin: Ulnar artery.

Course: Proximally towards the elbow.

Branches: No named branches.

Supplied Structures: Brachialis, pronator teres, and flexor digitorum superficialis and profundus muscles, forms anastomotic network that supplies the elbow joint.

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Origin

The anterior ulnar recurrent artery arises from the ulnar artery.

Course

The anterior ulnar recurrent artery arises distal to the elbow joint near the origin of the ulnar artery. It courses proximally and sits between the brachialis and pronator teres muscles. It unites with the inferior ulnar collateral artery on the anterior aspect of the medial epicondyle.

Branches

The anterior ulnar recurrent artery gives cutaneous and muscular branches to the brachialis and pronator teres muscles.

Supplied Structures

The anterior ulnar recurrent artery contributes to the supply of the brachialis, pronator teres, flexor carpi radialis, flexor digitorum superficialis, and flexor digitorum profundus. It also contributes to the anastomotic network that supplies the elbow joint and surrounding region. It gives cutaneous supply to the medial aspect of the cubital fossa (Standring, 2016).

References

Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. Gray's Anatomy Series 41st edn.: Elsevier Limited.

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