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Spinal Branch of Deep Cervical Artery (Left)
Cardiovascular System

Spinal Branch of Deep Cervical Artery (Left)

Ramus spinalis arteriae cervicalis profundae

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The deep cervical arteries give rise to spinal branches.


The spinal branches of the deep cervical arteries enter the cervical intervertebral foramina, accompanied by the cervical spinal nerves.


The spinal branches of the deep cervical artery give rise to prelaminar, radicular, and postcentral branches.

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The spinal branches of the deep cervical artery supply the cervical vertebrae, the periphery of the intervertebral discs, as well as the adjacent dura and epidural tissue. The small radicular arteries supply the anterior and posterior roots of the spinal cord (including the spinal, or dorsal root, ganglion). When the radicular arteries are enlarged (segmental medullary arteries), they contribute to the anterior and posterior spinal arteries, which supply the spinal cord (Standring, 2020).


Jones, H. R., Burns, T., Aminoff, M. J. and Pomeroy, S. (2013) The Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Nervous System, Volume 7, Part 1 - Brain e-Book. Elsevier Health Sciences.

Standring, S. (2020) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. 42nd edn.: Elsevier Health Sciences.

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The accessory vessels comprise branches of the deep or ascending cervical arteries and their accompanying veins.

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