Ascending pharyngeal artery

The ascending pharyngeal artery, the smallest branch of the external carotid artery, is a long, slender vessel, deeply seated in the neck, beneath the other branches of the external carotid and under the stylopharyngeus.

Summary

Gross anatomy

Origin

It arises from the back part of the external carotid, near the carotid bifurcation and ascends vertically between the internal carotid and the side of the pharynx, to the under surface of the base of the skull, lying on the longus capitis.

Head and neck anatomy
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rID: 5896
Section: Anatomy
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Ascending pharyngeal arteries

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