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Anatomy of the Ophthalmic Artery: Embryological Consideration

OPEN Neurologia medico-chirurgica | 15 Jun 2016

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Abstract
There are considerable variations in the anatomy of the human ophthalmic artery (OphA), such as anomalous origins of the OphA and anastomoses between the OphA and the adjacent arteries. These anatomical variations seem to attribute to complex embryology of the OphA. In human embryos and fetuses, primitive dorsal and ventral ophthalmic arteries (PDOphA and PVOphA) form the ocular branches, and the supraorbital division of the stapedial artery forms the orbital branches of the OphA, and then numerous anastomoses between the internal carotid artery (ICA) and the external carotid artery (ECA) systems emerge in connection with the OphA. These developmental processes can produce anatomical variations of the OphA, and we should notice these variations for neurosurgical and neurointerventional procedures.
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Embryology, Developmental biology, Ophthalmic artery, Embryo, External carotid artery, Arteries of the head and neck, Internal carotid artery, Common carotid artery
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