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Subclavian Artery : How To Remember Easily ?

  • SSupplies: Subclavian artery supplies blood to the upper limbs.
  • UUnder: It runs under the clavicle (collarbone).
  • BBranches: Branches into various arteries like vertebral, thyrocervical, and costocervical arteries.
  • CCourse: Follows a course from the aorta to the upper limb, passing through the thoracic outlet.
  • LLeft: On the left side, it arises directly from the aortic arch.
  • AArises: On the right side, it arises from the brachiocephalic trunk.
  • VVery: Very important for supplying oxygenated blood to the upper limb.
  • IInjury: Susceptible to injury in the thoracic outlet, leading to conditions like thoracic outlet syndrome.
  • AAnatomy: Understanding its anatomy is crucial in diagnosing and treating upper limb vascular problems.
  • NNeurovascular: Part of the neurovascular bundle in the thoracic outlet region.
  • AAnastomoses: Participates in various anastomoses, ensuring collateral blood flow to the upper limb.
  • RRight: On the right side, it’s the first branch of the brachiocephalic trunk.
  • TThoracic Outlet: Runs through the thoracic outlet, which can be a site of compression or pathology.
  • EExternal Respiration: Delivers oxygenated blood to the arm muscles for external respiration.
  • RRelevant: Highly relevant in vascular surgery and clinical medicine.
  • YYes: Yes, it’s a major artery supplying the upper limbs!


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