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Radial Recurrent Artery
Cardiovascular System

Radial Recurrent Artery

Arteria recurrens radialis

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Quick Facts

Origin: Radial artery.

Course: Superiorly to elbow joint.

Branches: No named branches.

Supplied Structures: Muscles adjacent to the elbow joint, contributes to the anastomotic network supplying the elbow joint.

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The radial recurrent artery arises from the radial artery in the proximal forearm.


The radial recurrent artery travels beside the superficial radial nerve. It courses superiorly and passes deep to the brachioradialis and brachialis muscles and superficial to the supinator muscle.


The radial recurrent artery gives muscular branches to adjacent muscles and contributes to the anastomotic network that encompasses the elbow joint and supplies the region around the elbow. It anastomoses with the radial collateral branch of the deep brachial artery.

Supplied Structures

The radial recurrent artery contributes to the supply of the brachialis, brachioradialis, supinator, extensor carpi radialis longus and brevis, extensor digitorum, extensor digiti minimi, and extensor carpi ulnaris muscles. It also provides cutaneous supply to the lateral aspect of the cubital fossa (Standring, 2016).


Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. Gray's Anatomy Series 41st edn.: Elsevier Limited.

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