Anterior choroidal artery

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Anterior choroidal artery
Circle of Willis en.svg
Latin Arteria chorioidea anterior
internal carotid artery
Gray's p.574
TA A12.2.06.019
FMA FMA:50087
Anatomical terminology

The anterior choroidal artery originates from the internal carotid artery, though it also rarely arises from the middle cerebral artery.[1]


The anterior choroidal artery serves structures in the telencephalon, diencephalon, and mesencephalon:[2]

Clinical significance[edit]

The full extent of the damage caused by occlusion of the anterior choroidal artery is not known. However, studies[which?] show that the interruption of blood flow from this vessel can result in hemiplegia on the contralateral (opposite) side of the body, contralateral hemi-hypoesthesia, and homonymous hemianopsia. These symptoms are thought to arise from ischemic damage to the posterior limb of the internal capsule, thalamus, and optic chiasm/optic tract. However, the posterior limb of the internal capsule also receives lenticulostriate arteries from the Middle Cerebral Artery, thus creating partially redundant supply.[3]

See also[edit]

This article uses anatomical terminology; for an overview, see anatomical terminology.


  1. ^ Werner], [senior managing editor Maureen Barlow Pugh ; managing editor Barbara (2000). "Artery, anterior choroidal". Stedman's medical dictionary. (27. ed. ed.). Philadelphia, Pa. [u.a.]: Lippincott Williams & Williams. ISBN 0-683-40007-X. 
  2. ^ Ropper, Maurice Victor, Allan H. (2001). Adams and Victor's principles of neurology (7th ed. ed.). New York: Medical Pub. Division, McGraw-Hill. ISBN 0-07-067497-3. 
  3. ^ Helgason, C; Caplan, LR (1986). "Anterior choroidal artery-territory infarction: Report of cases and review". Arch Neurologica 43: 681–686. doi:10.1001/archneur.1986.00520070039015. PMID 3729746. 

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