A Rare, Variant Overlapping of the Brachioradial and the Deep Brachial Artery in the Arm: A Potential Hazard for Angiography 862-864
Dr. Ivan James Prithishkumar
Assistant professor, Department of Anatomy
Christian Medical College and hospital
Vellore â€“ 632002, India.
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We report a hitherto unobserved variant of high division of the brachial artery, 7.8 cm distal to the tendon of the teres major and 13.0 cm proximal to the intercondylar line of the elbow into an unusual, medially placed brachioradial artery and a laterally placed deep brachial artery in a 68-year-old male cadaver. These branches again overlap each other, 3.5 cm proximal to the elbow and are very closely related to the median nerve. This variation may pose extreme difficultly and a potential hazard during cardiac catheterization, angioplasty, arterial cannulation, blood pressure monitoring, creation of arteriovenous fistulas and vascular repairs.