Descending branch of the Lateral Circumflex Femoral Artery
- 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