Inferior ulnar collateral artery

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Inferior ulnar collateral artery
Diagram of the anastomosis around the elbow joint. (Inf. ulnar collateral labeled at center right.)
Arteries of the back of the forearm and hand. (Inferior ulnar collateral labeled at upper left.)
Latin arteria collateralis ulnaris inferior
Brachial artery
Gray's p.592
TA A12.2.09.026
FMA 22710
Anatomical terminology

The inferior ulnar collateral artery (anastomotica magna artery) arises about 5 cm. above the elbow.


It passes medialward upon the Brachialis, and piercing the medial intermuscular septum, winds around the back of the humerus between the Triceps brachii and the bone, forming, by its junction with the profunda brachii, an arch above the olecranon fossa.

Branches and anastomoses[edit]

As the vessel lies on the Brachialis, it gives off branches which ascend to join the superior ulnar collateral: others descend in front of the medial epicondyle, to anastomose with the anterior ulnar recurrent.

Behind the medial epicondyle a branch anastomoses with the superior ulnar collateral and posterior ulnar recurrent arteries.

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