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Anat Cell Biol. 2018 Dec;51(4):302-304. English. Case Report.
Baxla M , Kumari C , Kaler S .
Department of Anatomy, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.
Department of Anatomy, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences and Research, Chandigarh, India.

Prior knowledge of arterial supply to the head and neck is of substantial importance for well-planned surgeries involving the concerned region. We are reporting an unusual and rare variation in the branching pattern of external carotid artery in a 60-year-old female cadaver. A common trunk known as thyrolinguofacial trunk, originating from the anterior surface of the external carotid artery (right and left) giving of superior thyroid artery and a linguofacial trunk during a routine neck dissection. The linguofacial trunk then divided into a lingual and a facial artery. Vascular abnormalities are usually detected either on the dissection table or by the radiologists during imaging or accidently during surgeries leading to serious consequences.

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