Ulnar artery

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Radial artery
(left in picture),
Arteria ulnaris
(right in picture)

The ulnar artery (ulnar artery) is one of two major arteries which the forearm with blood supply. It is named after the ulna (ulna) forearm bone of the same name , the direction of which it follows, lying on the front of the forearm under the flexor carpi ulnaris muscle . Together with the ulnar vein and the ulnar nerve, it forms the ulnar vascular-nerve road. Finally, it forms the superficial palm arch .

The arteria ulnaris gives off the arteria recurrens ulnaris below the elbow , which runs back to the rete articulare cubiti (vascular network around the elbow), a little further down the arteria interossea communis .

With the Allen test , vascular changes in the ulnar artery and the resulting circulatory disorders can be detected.

Individual evidence

  1. FCAT - Federative Committee on Anatomical Terminology: Terminologia Anatomica. Thieme, Stuttgart et al. 1998, ISBN 3-13-114361-4 .


  • Theodor H. Schiebler (Ed.): Anatomie. Histology, history of development, macroscopic and microscopic anatomy, topography. Taking into account the item catalog. 9th, completely revised edition. Springer, Heidelberg 2005, ISBN 3-540-21966-8 .