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Thymic Branches of Internal Thoracic Artery (Right)
Cardiovascular System

Thymic Branches of Internal Thoracic Artery (Right)

Rami thymici arteriae thoracicae internae

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Thymic branches usually originate from the right and left internal thoracic artery. However, the thymus also receives blood from the inferior thyroid, superior thyroid, pericardiacophrenic, or anterior intercostal branches of the internal thoracic artery.


The thymic branches are small arteries that course through the superior mediastinum.


There are no named branches.

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The thymic branches distribute blood to the thymus.

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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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