Superficial branch of transverse cervical artery

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Artery: Superficial branch of transverse cervical artery
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Superficial and deep branches from the transverse cervical artery.
Latin ramus superficialis arteriae transversae colli
Source transverse cervical artery

The superficial cervical artery is another name for the superficial branch of transverse cervical artery.


It ascends beneath the anterior margin of the trapezius, distributing branches to it, and to the neighboring muscles and lymph glands in the neck, and anastomosing with the superficial branch of the descending branch of the occipital artery.


It has an ascending branch and a descending branch. The descending branch of the transverse cervical artery anastomosises with the deep and dorsal scapular artery which in turn links to the subscapular. This anastomosis is a ring circulation around the scapula where it continues to the suprascapular artery via the circumflex scapular artery.[1]


  1. ^ Moore And Agur. Essential Clinical Anatomy (2002) America: Lippincott Williams Publisher. 2nd Ed.