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CASE REPORT
Year : 2014  |  Volume : 55  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 276-277

Superficial ulnar artery: Clinical recommendations to avoid iatrogenic complications due to variation in arterial system


1 Clinical Fellow, Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery, National University Hospital, Singapore
2 Clinical Fellow, Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery, National University Hospital, Singapore; Plastic and Reconstructive Microvascular Services, Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Avinashi Road, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu, India
3 Assistant Professor, Department of Anatomy, Government Medical College, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India
4 Senior Registrar, Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, National Hospital of Sri Lanka, Colombo, Sri Lanka

Correspondence Address:
Gurunathampalayam Ilango Nambi
Plastic and Reconstructive Microvascular Services, Kovai Medical Center and Hospital, Avinashi Road, Coimbatore - 641 014, Tamil Nadu, India

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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0300-1652.132071

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Superficial ulnar artery is an uncommon variation in which the ulnar artery is having its course superficial to the flexors of the forearm and may arise directly from axillary or brachial arteries. The proper understanding and knowledge of variation of arterial systems is helpful for judicious planning of various reconstructive procedures in oncological, orthopaedic and reconstructive surgeries. We present a case of variant course of ulnar artery which was noted during exploration of a right distal forearm wound. We suggest few clinical recommendations to avoid iatrogenic complications due to variation in arterial system.


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