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OOphthalmic Branch: The Occipital Artery shares an origin with the ophthalmic artery, a branch of the internal carotid artery.

CCervical Vertebrae: The Occipital Artery runs along the cervical vertebrae in the neck region.

CCranial Base: It ascends towards the cranial base, supplying blood to various structures.

IInferior Nuchal Line: The artery often follows the path of the inferior nuchal line on the occipital bone.

PPosterior Scalp: It provides blood supply to the posterior scalp, contributing to the hair follicles and skin in this region.

IIntercranial Connections: The Occipital Artery establishes connections with other intracranial arteries.

TTemporal Region: Some branches of the Occipital Artery extend into the temporal region.

AAuricular Branches: It may give rise to auricular branches, supplying the external ear.

LLigamentum Nuchae: The artery can also be associated with the ligamentum nuchae, a structure in the neck.

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