Descending branch of lateral circumflex femoral artery

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Artery: Descending branch of lateral circumflex femoral artery
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The profunda femoris artery, femoral artery and their major branches - right thigh, anterior view. Circumflex femoral arteries labeled.
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Circumpatellar anastomosis. (Descending branch of lateral femoral circumflex visible at upper left.)
Latin ramus descendens arteriae circumflexae femoris lateralis
Gray's p.630
Source lateral circumflex femoral artery

The descending branch of lateral circumflex femoral artery runs downward, behind the rectus femoris, upon the vastus lateralis, to which it gives offsets; one long branch descends in the muscle as far as the knee, and anastomoses with the superior lateral genicular artery. It is accompanied by the branch of the femoral nerve to the vastus lateralis muscle.

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