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Anatomy Atlases: Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus I: Muscular System: Alphabetical Listing of Muscles: R: Rectus Capitis Lateralis

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus I: Muscular System: Alphabetical Listing of Muscles: R

Rectus Capitis Lateralis

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

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This is a short thick muscle arising from the upper, fore part of the transverse process of the atlas and inserted onto the rough under surface of the condylar portion of the occipital bone. The muscle represents the lateral intertransverse muscle of the space between the transverse process of the atlas and the occipital bone.

An accessory bundle, rectus capitis lateralis longus, arising from the transverse process of the axis and inserting on the occipital bone has been reported.


References

Anson, B.J., Ed. (1966) Morris' Human Anatomy,12th ed. The Blakiston Division, McGraw-Hill Book Company, New York.

Macalister, A. (1875) Observations on the muscular anomalies in the human anatomy. Third series with a catalog of the principal muscular variations hitherto published. Trans. Roy. Irish Acad. Sci. 25:1-130.

Schaefer, E.A., Symington, J. and T.H. Bryce., Eds. (1923) Quain's Elements of Human Anatomy,11th ed. Longmans, Green and Co., London.

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