Here is a quick mnemonic/memory aid “OCCIPITAL“ to remember about Occipital Artery important facts
Mnemonic : OCCIPITAL
O – Ophthalmic Branch: The Occipital Artery shares an origin with the ophthalmic artery, a branch of the internal carotid artery.
C – Cervical Vertebrae: The Occipital Artery runs along the cervical vertebrae in the neck region.
C – Cranial Base: It ascends towards the cranial base, supplying blood to various structures.
I – Inferior Nuchal Line: The artery often follows the path of the inferior nuchal line on the occipital bone.
P – Posterior Scalp: It provides blood supply to the posterior scalp, contributing to the hair follicles and skin in this region.
I – Intercranial Connections: The Occipital Artery establishes connections with other intracranial arteries.
T – Temporal Region: Some branches of the Occipital Artery extend into the temporal region.
A – Auricular Branches: It may give rise to auricular branches, supplying the external ear.
L – Ligamentum Nuchae: The artery can also be associated with the ligamentum nuchae, a structure in the neck.
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