Pericardiacophrenic artery

Pericardiacophrenic artery
The phrenic nerve and its relations with the vagus nerve. (Pericardiacophrenic artery not labeled, but region is visible.)
The thoracic aorta, viewed from the left side. (Pericardiacophrenic labeled at center left.)
Details
SourceInternal thoracic
Veinpericardiacophrenic veins
Suppliespericardium, thoracic diaphragm
Identifiers
Latinarteria pericardiacophrenica
TA98A12.2.08.034
TA24581
FMA3964
Anatomical terminology

The pericardiacophrenic artery is a long slender branch of the internal thoracic artery.

Anatomy

Origin

The pericardiacophrenic artery branches from the internal thoracic artery.

Course

The pericardiacophrenic arteries travel through the thoracic cavity. They course through the fibrous pericardium. The pericardiacophrenic artery accompanies the phrenic nerve between the pleura and pericardium, to the diaphragm. This is where both the artery and the phrenic nerve are distributed.

Distribution

The pericardiacophrenic arteries provide arterial supply to the fibrous pericardium, and (along with the musculophrenic arteries) the diaphragm.

Anastomoses

It anastomoses with the musculophrenic, and superior phrenic arteries.



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