Common palmar digital arteries

Three common palmar digital arteries arise from the convexity of the superficial palmar arch and proceed distally on the second, third, and fourth lumbricales muscles.

Common palmar digital arteries
Palmar view of the left hand, showing the common palmar digital arteries in context.
Lateral aspect of finger, with artery labeled a common volar digital artery.
Sourcesuperficial palmar arch
Branchesproper palmar digital arteries
Veinpalmar digital veins
Latinarteriae digitales palmares communes, arteriae digitales volares communes
Anatomical terminology

Alternative names for these arteries are:[1] common volar digital arteries,[2] ulnar metacarpal arteries, arteriae digitales palmares communes,[3] or aa. digitales volares communes.[4]

Each of these arteries receive the corresponding volar metacarpal artery and then divide into a pair of proper palmar digital arteries (q.v.).

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Footnotes and references

  1. "Physiology of adult Homo sapiens - Systemic blood and lymph circulation (angiology)". Archived from the original on 2008-05-05. Retrieved 2008-04-13.
  2. Palmar and volar may be used synonymously, but volar is less common.
  3. This is the official and international Latin term as defined by the Terminologia Anatomica (TA), but in English speaking countries and especially the US, common palmar digital arteries is more commonly used.
  4. Again, palmar and volar may be used synonymously, but aa. digitales volares communes does not occur in the TA, and can therefore be considered deprecated.
  5. titled Superficial Volar Arch in this picture, which is an alternative term
  • Atlas image: hand_blood1 at the University of Michigan Health System - "Palm of the hand, superficial dissection, anterior view"

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