Variations of the arterial pattern in the upper limb revisited: a morphological and statistical study, with a review of the literature

J Anat. 2001 Nov;199(Pt 5):547-66. doi: 10.1046/j.1469-7580.2001.19950547.x.


A total of 192 embalmed cadavers were examined in order to present a detailed study of arterial variations in the upper limb and a meta-analysis of them. The variable terminology previously used was unified into a homogenous and complete classification, with 12 categories covering all the previously reported variant patterns of the arm and forearm.

Publication types

  • Meta-Analysis

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Arm / blood supply*
  • Arteries / anatomy & histology
  • Brachial Artery / anatomy & histology
  • Cadaver
  • Chi-Square Distribution
  • Dissection
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Radial Artery / anatomy & histology
  • Ulnar Artery / anatomy & histology