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Arteries of Leg (Left)
Cardiovascular System

Arteries of Leg (Left)

Arteriae crus

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The arteries of the leg arise from the popliteal artery after it has descended through the popliteal fossa. The popliteal artery terminally bifurcates into anterior and posterior tibial arteries, which supply the anterior and posterior compartments, respectively. The posterior tibial artery gives off the fibular artery, which aids in the supply of the posterior compartment of the leg and is the primary supply to the lateral compartment of the leg.

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