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Lesser Palatine Arteries (Right)
Cardiovascular System

Lesser Palatine Arteries (Right)

Arteriae palatinae minores

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Quick Facts

Origin: Descending palatine artery.

Course: Passes posteriorly along the soft palate.

Branches: None.

Supplied Structures: Soft palate and palatine tonsils.

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The lesser palatine artery arises from the descending palatine artery in the greater palatine canal.


The lesser palatine artery passes onto the soft palate through the lesser palatine foramen of the palatine bone.


There are no named branches.

Supplied Structures

The lesser palatine artery supplies the soft palate and the tonsil.

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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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