Case Study: Superficial Ulnar Artery and its Clinical Significance

Sager Pattani, Sumbal Irshad, Lolade Sewo, Maxwell Dacquel, Vinayak Narayan, Shiv Dhiman

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We present a case with an atypical variation of the ulnar artery discovered while examining a cadaver in our routine Gross Anatomy lab dissection. A superficial ulnar artery was found in a 55-year-old male cadaver originating directly from the brachial artery. This is a rare variation where the route of the ulnar artery runs superficially to the flexor compartment in the forearm. Based on previous cadaver studies, the incidence of such variation in the adult population appears to be approximately 3.75% 1. Deviations in the ulnar artery can lead to a potential risk of injury to patients during surgery 2. The superficial ulnar artery can mistakenly result in the administration of medicines into the artery as opposed to the median cubital vein during the injection. Hemorrhaging as well as other potential traumas can occur. We will also discuss the potential complications that could arise from this variant and the clinical recommendations for treatment.
Original languageAmerican English
StatePublished - Apr 2022
EventExperimental Biology 2022 - Philadelphia, PA
Duration: Apr 1 2022 → …


ConferenceExperimental Biology 2022
Period4/1/22 → …


  • Biology

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