Descending branch of occipital artery

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Descending branch of occipital artery
Occipital artery.PNG
Superficial dissection of the right side of the neck, showing the carotid and subclavian arteries.
Latin ramus descendens arteriae occipitalis
occipital artery
Gray's p.556
TA A12.2.05.036
FMA 49608
Anatomical terminology

The descending branch of occipital artery, the largest branch of the occipital, descends on the back of the neck, and divides into a superficial and deep portion.

The anastomosis between these vessels assists in establishing the collateral circulation after ligature of the common carotid or subclavian artery.

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