Lateral circumflex femoral artery

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Artery: 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 Arteria circumflexa femoris lateralis
Gray's p.630
Source deep femoral artery

The lateral circumflex femoral artery (lateral femoral circumflex artery, external circumflex artery) is an artery in the upper thigh.

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The lateral femoral circumflex artery arises from the lateral side of the profunda femoris artery, passes horizontally between the divisions of the femoral nerve, and behind the sartorius and rectus femoris, and divides into ascending, transverse, and descending branches. The lateral femoral circumflex artery may occasionally arise directly from the femoral artery.

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