Superior lateral genicular artery

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Artery: Superior lateral genicular artery
The femoral artery. (Lateral sup. genicular labeled at bottom left.)
Circumpatellar anastomosis. (Latter superior genicular labeled at upper left, second from top.)
Latin arteria superior lateralis genus
Gray's p.633
Branches superficial branch, deep branch

The lateral superior genicular artery is a branch of the popliteal artery that supplies a portion of the knee joint.


It passes above the lateral condyle of the femur, beneath the tendon of the Biceps femoris.


It divides into a superficial and a deep branch; the superficial branch supplies the vastus lateralis, and anastomoses with the descending branch of the lateral femoral circumflex and the lateral inferior genicular arteries; the deep branch supplies the lower part of the femur and knee-joint, and forms an anastomotic arch across the front of the bone with the highest genicular and the medial inferior genicular arteries.

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