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Glandular Branches of Facial Artery (Right)
Cardiovascular System

Glandular Branches of Facial Artery (Right)

Rami glandulares arteriae facialis

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The glandular branches of the facial artery arise from the facial artery as it passes over the lateral surface of the submandibular gland. There may be three or four large glandular branches.


The glandular branches of the facial artery are short arteries that enter the submandibular gland adjacent to their origin. Some branches are prolonged and can reach surrounding lymph nodes and skin.


There are no named branches.

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The glandular branches of the facial artery supply the submandibular gland. Additionally, it may also supply surrounding lymph nodes and overlying skin.

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Facial Artery

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The facial artery arises as a proximal branch of the ECA (either directly or as a common trunk with the lingual artery), ascends superficial to the mandible, then courses medially in the superficial soft tissues of the face, giving off branches to the lips, mandible, cheeks, and nasal cavity.

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