Posterior communicating artery

Dr Craig Hacking and Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

The posterior communicating artery (PCOM or P Comm) makes up the posterior linkage in the circle of Willis.

The PCOM originates from the posterior aspect of the C7 (communicating) segment of the internal carotid artery and extends posteriormedially to anastomose with the ipsilateral posterior cerebral artery and form part of the circle of Willis

The PCOM gives off many fine, scarcely visible, perforating branches. The largest perforating branch is called the premamillary (or anterior thalamoperforating) artery. 

Perforators from the PCOM supply:

Anatomy: Brain
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rID: 5937
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Posterior communicating artery (PCOM)
  • PCOM
  • P Comm
  • Posterior communicating arteries
  • PCOMs

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    Figure 1: circle of Willis diagram showing P Comm
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    Figure 2: normal COW anatomy
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    Case 1: bilateral fetal posterior communicating arteries
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    Case 2: PCOM infundibulum
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