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Main arteries of the upper limb

Learning objectives

After completing this study unit you will be able to:

  1. Name the major arteries of the upper limb.
  2. Identify the region supplied by each artery.

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The arteries of the upper limb supply oxygenated blood from the heart, through the arm and forearm, all the way to the fingertips. Watch the following video to learn the names of these arteries and discover their pathway through the limb.

If you want to learn more about the basic function and structure of arteries, take a look at this next video.

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Key points
Major arteries of the upper limb Subclavian artery, axillary artery, brachial artery, deep brachial artery, radial artery, ulnar artery, dorsal carpal anastomosis, superficial and deep palmar arches
Upper limb region supplied by each artery Shoulder, axilla and scapular regions: Subclavian artery, scapular anastomosis, axillary artery.
: Brachial and deep brachial arteries
: Radial, ulnar and interosseous arteries
: Dorsal carpal anastomosis, superficial and deep palmar arches, metacarpal arteries and digital arteries

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