intercostal artery


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Noun1.intercostal artery - several arteries and supplying the intercostal spaces of the rib cage
arteria, arterial blood vessel, artery - a blood vessel that carries blood from the heart to the body
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In contrast to mammals with a circular thorax (primates), in mammals with a major ventrodorsal axis (quadrupeds) the internal intercostal artery runs obliquely after crossing the first rib and emits a branch that runs ventrally in parallel to the sternal border and that supplements the anterior intercostal arteries.
Collateral angiography can be performed at the diaphragmatic artery, intercostal artery, adrenal artery, or the thoracic artery, besides the routine celiac artery and superior mesenteric arteries, if necessary, and super-selective embolization can be achieved.
The arterial supply to the breast is derived from branches of the internal mammary artery, lateral thoracic artery, intercostal artery and pectoral branch of the thoracoacromial axis (see Figure 6).