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Anatomy Atlases: Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus II: Cardiovascular System: Arteries: Head, Neck, and Thorax: Internal Thoracic Artery

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus II: Cardiovascular System: Arteries: Head, Neck, and Thorax

Internal Thoracic Artery

Ronald A. Bergman, PhD
Adel K. Afifi, MD, MS
Ryosuke Miyauchi, MD

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The origins of this artery may vary as follows: a) It may arise from the subclavian, behind or in front of scalenus anterior; b) the right artery may arise from the ascending aorta; or c) it may arise in common with the inferior thyroid.

The left internal thoracic artery has been shown by Robicsek, et al.(1967), to give rise to a anterior interventricular (descending) coronary artery, the usual supply being the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD-CA).

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References

Gruber, W. (1872) Ueber die Varianten des ungewöhnlichen Ursprunges der Arteria mammaria interna und des Truncus thyreocervicalis. Arch. f. Pathologische Anatomie u. Physiol. u. f. Klinische Medicin. 45(3):485.

Robicsek, F. ,Sanger, P.W., Daugherty, H.K. and V. Gallucci. (1967) Origin of the anterior interventricular (descending) coronary artery and vein from the left mammary vessels: A previously unknown anomaly of the coronary system. J Thorac. Cardiovasc. Surg. 53:602-604.

Vorster, W., duPlooy, P.T., and J.H. Meiring. (1998) Abnormal origin of internal thoracic and vertebral arteries. Clin.Anat. 11:33-37.

See Lateral Internal Thoracic artery for references.

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