• Images in Neurosurgery

    Anomalous Branches of the Cervical Internal Carotid Artery

    Figure 1: A left common carotid bifurcation. In the panel on the left, the superior thyroid artery can be seen rising from the distal common carotid. The occipital artery (marked by an asterisk) is traversed superiorly by hypoglossal nerve, and black suture surrounds the ascending pharyngeal artery. The panel on the right shows the carotid vessels lifted up to show posterior aspect.

    Figure 2: A right common carotid artery shows the occipital artery (marked by asterisks) and the ascending pharyngeal artery (arrows). Both are rising from the internal carotid artery.

    Submitted by:
    Suresh Ramnath, MBBS, FRCSC
    University of Michigan
    Department of Neurosurgery

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