Pericardiacophrenic artery

Pericardiacophrenic artery

The phrenic nerve and its relations with the vagus nerve. (Pericardiacophrenic artery not labeled, but region is visible.)

The thoracic aorta, viewed from the left side. (Pericardiacophrenic labeled at center left.)
Source Internal thoracic
Vein pericardiacophrenic veins
Supplies pericardium, thoracic diaphragm
Latin arteria pericardiacophrenica
TA A12.2.08.034
FMA 3964

Anatomical terminology

The pericardiacophrenic artery is a long slender branch of the internal thoracic artery. It accompanies the phrenic nerve, between the pleura and pericardium, to the diaphragm, to which it is distributed. It anastomoses with the musculophrenic and superior phrenic arteries.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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