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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 16  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 74-76

A case report of vasa aberrantia in the brachial artery: A clinically important variation

1 Department of Anatomy, Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal, India
2 Department of Orthopedics, Faculty of Medicine, AIMST University, Semeling, Bedong- 08100, Kedah, Malaysia

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K G Mohandas Rao
Melaka Manipal Medical College (Manipal Campus), Manipal University, Manipal - 576 104
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DOI: 10.4103/1118-8561.115267

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Arterial variations in the upper limb are common. These variations are of high clinical and surgical importance. In the right upper-limb of an approximately 60-year-old male cadaver, the brachial artery (BrA) gave an aberrant branch (AdBrA) on its medial side in the middle of the arm, which ran superficially along the basilic vein (BV) in the lower part of the arm. As it reached the roof of the cubital fossa, it ran downwards and laterally along the median cubital vein (MCV) superficial to the bicipital aponeurosis (BA). In the cubital fossa, this artery was joined by the lateral terminal branch (LTB) of BrA forming an arterial loop in front of tendon of biceps brachii. This arterial loop gave a larger branch which continued as radial artery (RA) and a smaller muscular artery. The surgical and clinical significance importance of the case is discussed and literature review is presented.

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