Dorsal scapular artery

The dorsal scapular artery is a branch of either the transverse cervical artery (from the thyrocervical trunk off the first part of the subclavian artery) or an independent branch from the third (or less commonly second) part of the subclavian artery.

It accompanies the dorsal scapular nerve, coursing deep to the levator scapulae and rhomboid muscles, supplying both and contributing to the scapular arterial anastomosis.

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Thoracic

Anatomy: Thoracic

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rID: 49094
System: Vascular
Section: Anatomy
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