Transverse cervical artery

Dr Craig Hacking et al.

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:

Anatomy: Head and neck
Anatomy: Thoracic
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rID: 49249
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • cervicodorsal trunk

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