Friday, October 16, 2015

Ascending Cervical Artery

The ascending cervical artery is a blood vessel that arises from the inferior thyroid artery, which, in turn, originates from thyrocervical trunk. It has an ascending course as it runs up along the anterior scalene muscle. It anastomoses with lateral branches of the vertebral, occipital, and ascending pharyngeal arteries. Function: the ascending cervical artery supplies the muscles of the neck.