Descending branch of occipital artery

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Artery: Descending branch of occipital artery
Superficial dissection of the right side of the neck, showing the carotid and subclavian arteries.
Latin ramus descendens arteriae occipitalis
Gray's subject #144 556
Source occipital artery   
Dorlands
/ Elsevier
    
r_02/12689843

The descending branch of occipital artery, the largest branch of the occipital, descends on the back of the neck, and divides into a superficial and deep portion.

The anastomosis between these vessels assists in establishing the collateral circulation after ligature of the common carotid or subclavian artery.

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