Lateral superior genicular artery

The lateral superior genicular artery is a branch of the popliteal artery that supplies a portion of the knee joint.

Lateral superior genicular artery
The femoral artery. (Lateral sup. genicular labeled at bottom left.)
Circumpatellar anastomosis. (Latter superior genicular labeled at upper left, second from top.)
Branchessuperficial branch, deep branch
Latinarteria superior lateralis genus
Anatomical terminology


It passes above the lateral condyle of the femur, beneath the tendon of the Biceps femoris.


It divides into a superficial and a deep branch; the superficial branch supplies the vastus lateralis, and anastomoses with the descending branch of the lateral femoral circumflex and the lateral inferior genicular arteries; the deep branch supplies the lower part of the femur and knee-joint, and forms an anastomotic arch across the front of the bone with the highest genicular and the medial inferior genicular arteries.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 633 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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