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Posterior Glandular Branch of Superior Thyroid Artery
Cardiovascular System

Posterior Glandular Branch of Superior Thyroid Artery

Ramus glandularis posterior arteriae thyreoideae superioris

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Quick Facts

Origin: Superior thyroid artery.

Course: Descends along the posterior border of the thyroid gland.

Branches: None.

Supplied Structures: Posterior surface of thyroid gland.

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Origin

The posterior glandular branch of the superior thyroid artery arises from the superior thyroid artery, the first branch of the external carotid artery.

Course

The posterior glandular branch of the superior thyroid artery descends along the posterior border of the thyroid gland.

Branches

There are no named branches of the posterior glandular branch of the superior thyroid artery; however, it anastomoses with the inferior thyroid artery on the posterior border of the thyroid gland.

Supplied Structures

The posterior glandular branch of the superior thyroid artery supplies the lateral and medial surfaces of the thyroid gland.

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Superior Thyroid Artery

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The superior thyroid artery, which begins below the level of the greater horn of the hyoid bone and under the cover of the SCM, is its most important branch in the neck.

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