Dorsal carpal arch

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Dorsal carpal arch
Arteries of the back of the forearm and hand.(Dorsal radial carpal labeled at bottom right.)
Latin rete carpale dorsale
Source dorsal carpal branch of the radial artery, dorsal carpal branch of the ulnar artery
Branches dorsal metacarpal arteries
Gray's p.594
TA A12.2.09.033
FMA 22755
Anatomical terminology

The dorsal carpal arch (dorsal carpal network, posterior carpal arch) is an anatomical term for the combination (anastomosis) of dorsal carpal branch of the radial artery and the dorsal carpal branch of the ulnar artery near the back of the wrist.

It is made up of the dorsal carpal branches of both the ulnar and radial arteries. It also anastomoses with the anterior interosseous artery and the posterior interosseous artery. The arch gives off three dorsal metacarpal arteries.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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