Superior lateral genicular artery

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Artery: Superior lateral genicular artery
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The femoral artery. (Lateral sup. genicular labeled at bottom left.)
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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.

Course[edit]

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

Branching[edit]

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.