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Lateral Malleolar Network
Cardiovascular System

Lateral Malleolar Network

Rete malleolare laterale

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Quick Facts

Origin: Anterior lateral malleolar artery, lateral malleolar branches of fibular artery, perforating branch of fibular artery, and the lateral tarsal artery.

Course: Forms an anastomotic network around the lateral malleolus.

Branches: None.

Supplied Structures: Subcutaneous tissue of lateral malleolar region.

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The vessels that contribute to the lateral malleolar network are the:

- anterior lateral malleolar artery;

- lateral malleolar branches of fibular artery;

- perforating branch of fibular artery;

- lateral tarsal artery.


The lateral malleolar network is an anastomotic network of vessels that course along the lateral malleolus of the fibula.


There are no named branches.

Supplied Structures

The lateral malleolar network contributes to the arterial supply of the fascial and cutaneous tissue of the lateral malleolar region.

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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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