A morphological study of variations in the origin and course of radial artery

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Coronary artery bypass grafting is a widespread means of treating advanced coronary artery disease. Radial artery grafting has gained wide acceptance as compared with other arterial grafts. It is crucial to understand the anatomic details of radial artery to avoid complications. The objectives were to examine the origin and course of the radial artery. The study included 75 adult formalin fixed upper limbs. Variations in the origin and course of radial artery were noted down and photographed. We observed that in 2.66% and 2.66% of cases radial artery was originating from the medial side of the brachial artery and from axillary artery. In 1.33 % of cases we found the course of radial artery was abnormal. This study on origin and course of radial artery offer distinctive findings. Therefore, it will be of immense help to surgeons planning to harvest radial artery for coronary artery bypass grafting.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-340
Number of pages8
JournalResearch Journal of Pharmaceutical, Biological and Chemical Sciences
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 04-2012


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutics(all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology(all)

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