Type of Article:  Original Research

Volume 5; Issue 1 (March 2017)

Page No.: 3656-3658

DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.16965/ijar.2017.132


M.Anuradha *1, S. Chitra 2.

*1 Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Stanley Medical College, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.

2 Professor and HOD, Department of Anatomy, Stanley Medical College, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India.

Address for Correspondence: Dr. M.Anuradha, Assistant Professor,Department of Anatomy, Stanley Medical College, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. E-Mail:  dranurac@yahoo.com


Background: The common carotid arteries provide the major source of blood to the head and neck region. In the present study, we studied about the variation in the origin of lingual and facial artery and specifically, the linguofacial trunk. The knowledge of this anatomical variation is important in the surgeries of head, neck and face and also for the radiologists to understand and interpret carotid system imaging when undertaking cerebral angiography.

Materials and Methods: 30 cadavers of both sexes have been used in the current study. Head and neck dissections of these cadavers were done in the department of anatomy, Stanley Medical College Tamilnadu.

Results: In present study the linguofacial trunk was observed unilaterally in 3 cadavers.     

Conclusion: knowledge about this variation is important to anatomists, surgeons and radiologists.

Key words: Common carotid artery, External carotid artery, Lingual artery, Facial artery, linguofacial trunk.


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Cite this article: M.Anuradha, S. Chitra. A STUDY OF THE COMMON ORIGIN OF LINGUAL AND FACIAL ARTERY FROM THE EXTERNAL CAROTID ARTERY. Int J Anat Res 2017;5(1):3656-3658. DOI: 10.16965/ijar.2017.132