Palmar branch of the median nerve

The palmar branch of the median nerve is a branch of the median nerve which arises at the lower part of the forearm.

Palmar branch of the median nerve
Nerves of the left upper extremity.
Superficial palmar nerves.
Frommedian nerve
Latinramus palmaris nervi mediani
Anatomical terms of neuroanatomy


It pierces the palmar carpal ligament, and divides into a lateral and a medial branch;

Clinical significance

Unlike most of the median nerve innervation of the hand, the palmar branch travels superficial to the Flexor retinaculum of the hand. Therefore, this portion of the median nerve usually remains functioning during carpal tunnel syndrome.[1]

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 938 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  1. Ellis, Harold; Susan Standring; Gray, Henry David (2005). Gray's anatomy: the anatomical basis of clinical practice. St. Louis, Mo: Elsevier Churchill Livingstone. p. 700. ISBN 0-443-07168-3.

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