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Dorsal Lingual Branches of Lingual Artery (Right)
Cardiovascular System

Dorsal Lingual Branches of Lingual Artery (Right)

Rami dorsales linguae arteriae lingualis

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The dorsal lingual branches of the lingual artery are the first branches arising from the lingual artery.


The dorsal lingual branches arise medial to the hyoglossus muscle. They ascend to the dorsum of the tongue.


The dorsal lingual branches give rise to a tonsillar branch. Additionally, it forms an anastomosis with its fellow branch from the opposite side.

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The dorsal lingual branches of the lingual artery supply the soft palate, tonsils, epiglottis, palatoglossal arch, and adjacent mucous membrane.

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When the artery is occluded blood is forced through the collateral vessels, drastically increasing fluid shear stress and triggering an inflammatory response which drives vessel remodeling.

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