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Short Posterior Ciliary Arteries (Left)
Cardiovascular System

Short Posterior Ciliary Arteries (Left)

Arteriae ciliares posteriores breves

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Quick Facts

Origin: Ophthalmic artery.

Course: Pierce the sclera near the optic nerve.

Branches: None.

Supplied Structures: Choroid.

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The short posterior ciliary arteries arise from the ophthalmic artery. There are usually about seven arteries.


The short posterior ciliary arteries extend anteriorly towards the eyeball and divide into 15–20 branches (Standring, 2016). They then pierce the sclera of the eyeball near the optic nerve.


There are no named branches; however, the short posterior ciliary arteries form an anastomosis with branches from the central retinal artery at the optic disc.

Supplied Structures

The short posterior ciliary arteries supply the choroid of the eyeball.


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

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Furthermore, short posterior ciliary arteries are branches of the ophthalmic artery which is a branch of the internal carotid artery and the common carotid artery.

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