Dorsal metacarpal arteries

Most of the dorsal metacarpal arteries arise from the dorsal carpal arch and run downward on the second, third, and fourth dorsal interossei of the hand and bifurcate into the dorsal digital arteries. Near their origin, they anastomose with the deep palmar arch by perforating arteries. They also anastomose with common palmar digital arteries (from the superficial palmar arch), also via perforating arteries.

Dorsal metacarpal arteries
Arteries of the back of the forearm and hand. (Dorsal metacarpal visible at bottom center.)
SourceDorsal carpal arch
BranchesDorsal digital arteries
VeinDorsal metacarpal veins
LatinArteriae metacarpales dorsales
Anatomical terminology

The first dorsal metacarpal artery arises directly from the radial artery before it crosses through the two heads of the first dorsal interosseous muscle.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 594 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  • Atlas image: hand_blood3 at the University of Michigan Health System - "Dorsum of the hand, deep dissection, posterior view"

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