Medial circumflex femoral artery

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Artery: Medial circumflex femoral artery
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The profunda femoris artery, femoral artery and their major branches - right thigh, anterior view. (Internal circumflex labeled at upper right.)
Latin arteria circumflexa femoris medialis
Gray's subject #157 630
Supplies thigh
Source deep femoral artery, femoral artery   
Dorlands
/ Elsevier
    
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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]



The medial circumflex femoral artery (internal circumflex artery, medial femoral circumflex artery) is an artery in the upper thigh that helps supply blood to the neck of the femur.

Structure

The medial femoral circumflex artery arises from the medial and posterior aspect of the profunda femoris artery, and winds around the medial side of the femur, passing first between the pectineus and iliopsoas muscles, and then between the obturator externus and the adductor brevis muscles.

The medial femoral circumflex artery may occasionally arise directly from the femoral artery.

Branches

At the upper border of the adductor brevis it gives off two branches:

See also

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This article was originally based on an entry from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy. As such, some of the information contained herein may be outdated. Please edit the article if this is the case, and feel free to remove this notice when it is no longer relevant.


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