Transverse cervical artery

Last revised by Assoc Prof Craig Hacking on 02 Aug 2021

The transverse cervical artery, also known as the cervicodorsal trunk, is 1 of the 4 branches of the thyrocervical trunk (off the first part of the subclavian artery).

It is a short artery that bifurcates into the superficial and deep branches, both which course superficially and laterally across the phrenic nerve and anterior scalene muscle. They then cross or pass through the trunks of the brachial plexus, supplying branches to their vasa nervorum. Its branches are:

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