Musculophrenic artery

Dr Daniel J Bell and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

The musculophrenic artery is one of two terminal branches of the internal thoracic artery.

Gross anatomy

The musculophrenic artery runs along the costal slips of the diaphragm. It supplies the 7th, 8th and 9th intercostal spaces with paired anterior intercostal arteries, as well as fine branches that supply the superior part of the anterior abdominal wall. It anastomoses with the posterior intercostal and superior epigastric arteries

Anatomy: Thoracic
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Article information

rID: 24464
System: Chest, Vascular
Section: Anatomy
Tag: stub, refs, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Musculophrenic arteries

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