Ascending cervical artery

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Artery: Ascending cervical artery
Inferior thyroid and ascending cervical.PNG
Superficial dissection of the right side of the neck, showing the carotid and subclavian arteries. Ascending cervical artery labeled, as well as its source, the inferior thyroid artery
Latin Arteria cervicalis ascendens
Gray's p.581
Source Thyrocervical trunk

The ascending cervical artery is a small branch which arises from the inferior thyroid artery as that vessel is passing behind the carotid sheath; it runs up on the anterior tubercles of the transverse processes of the cervical vertebræ in the interval between the Scalenus anterior and Longus capitis.

To the muscles of the neck it gives twigs which anastomose with branches of the vertebral, and it sends one or two spinal branches into the vertebral canal through the intervertebral foramina to be distributed to the medulla spinalis and its membranes, and to the bodies of the vertebræ, in the same manner as the spinal branches from the vertebral.

It anastomoses with the ascending pharyngeal and occipital arteries.

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.

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