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pubic branch of inferior epigastric artery


Definition: branch arising from the inferior epigastric artery medially to the deep inguinal ring; runs medial to femoral ring onto posterior pubis; anastomosis, pubic branch of obturator artery. This anastomosis is frequently large, referred to as an “accessory obturator artery.” In 20–30% of patients, this anastomosis replaces the obturator artery, as an “aberrant” or “replaced” obturator artery.

Synonym(s): ramus pubicus arteriae epigastricae inferiorisTA

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