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Case Reports in Vascular Medicine
Volume 2012, Article ID 976968, 3 pages
Case Report

Variant Branching Pattern of Axillary Artery: A Case Report

Department of Anatomy, Melaka Manipal Medical College (Manipal Campus), Manipal University, Karnataka, Manipal 576 104, India

Received 8 August 2012; Accepted 15 September 2012

Academic Editors: K. A. Filis and M. Reinhard

Copyright © 2012 Swamy Ravindra Shantakumar and K. G. Mohandas Rao. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


During routine dissection of an approximately 50-year-old male cadaver for the undergraduate medical students at Melaka Manipal Medical College, Manipal University, Manipal, we came across a variation in branching pattern of right axillary artery. The second part of axillary artery gave rise to a common trunk which divided into the subscapular and lateral thoracic arteries. The third part of right axillary artery gave rise to anterior and posterior circumflex humeral arteries. Variations in the branching pattern of axillary artery are important for the surgeons performing interventional or diagnostic procedures in cardiovascular diseases.