Descending branch of the Lateral Circumflex Femoral Artery

- Discussion:
    - this branch is one of the major communications between deep and superficial femoral systems of the leg;
    - descending branch may arise separately from either femoral or profunda artery passes downward beneath Rectus Femoris;
    - provides branches to Vastus Lateralis  & intermedius, accompanied by branches of Femoral Nerve, & anastomoses w/
            descending genicular branch of femoral artery  & lateral superior genicular branch of popliteal artery; (see Blood Supply to Knee)
    - it travels down fascia lata and sends multiple perforators to skin overlying the fascia lata & lateral aspect of the knee

Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Thursday, December 8, 2011 11:14 am