Pericardiacophrenic artery

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Pericardiacophrenic artery
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The phrenic nerve and its relations with the vagus nerve. (Pericardiacophrenic artery not labeled, but region is visible.)
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The thoracic aorta, viewed from the left side. (Pericardiacophrenic labeled at center left.)
Details
SourceInternal thoracic
Veinpericardiacophrenic veins
Suppliespericardium, thoracic diaphragm
Identifiers
Latinarteria pericardiacophrenica
TAA12.2.08.034
FMA3964
Anatomical terminology

The pericardiacophrenic artery is a long slender branch of the internal thoracic artery. It accompanies the phrenic nerve, between the pleura and pericardium, to the diaphragm, to which it is distributed. It anastomoses with the musculophrenic and superior phrenic arteries.

On their course through the thoracic cavity, the pericardiacophrenic arteries are located within and supply the fibrous pericardium.[1] Along with the musculophrenic arteries, they also provide arterial supply to the diaphragm.[2]

References[edit]

This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 584 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  1. ^ Drake, Richard. Gray's Anatomy for Students, 3rd Edition. Saunders. p. 182.
  2. ^ Drake, Richard. Gray's Anatomy for Students, 3rd Edition. Saunders. p. 162.

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