Saphenous branch of descending genicular artery

The saphenous branch of descending genicular artery pierces the aponeurotic covering of the adductor canal, and accompanies the saphenous nerve to the medial side of the knee.

Saphenous branch of descending genicular artery
The femoral artery. (Highest genicular labeled at center right.)
Circumpatellar anastomosis. (Highest genicular visible at upper right.)
Sourcedescending genicular artery
LatinRamus saphenus arteriae descendentis genus
Anatomical terminology

It passes between the sartorius muscle and the gracilis muscle, and, piercing the fascia lata, is distributed to the integument of the upper and medial part of the leg, anastamosing with the medial inferior genicular artery.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 631 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  • Aasar, YH (1938). "The saphenous artery". J. Anat. 73: 194. PMC 1252541. PMID 17104747.

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