Cervical artery

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Cervical artery is a significant artery in the neck region of the human body. It is a branch of the subclavian artery and is responsible for supplying blood to various structures in the neck, including the thyroid gland, pharynx, and larynx.

Anatomy[edit | edit source]

The cervical artery and its branches.

The cervical artery originates from the subclavian artery. It ascends in the neck and gives off several branches, including the inferior thyroid artery, ascending cervical artery, and pharyngeal artery. These branches supply blood to various structures in the neck.

Clinical significance[edit | edit source]

Due to its location and the vital structures it supplies, the cervical artery can be involved in various medical conditions. These include carotid artery stenosis, carotid artery dissection, and thyroid disorders.

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