inferior epigastric artery

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in·fe·ri·or ep·i·gas·tric ar·ter·y

origin, external iliac; branches, cremasteric, muscular and pubic; anastomoses, superior epigastric, obturator. With overlying peritoneum, forms lateral umbilical ligament and forms a basis for distinguishing types of inguinal herniae: direct hernias pass medial to the artery; indirect hernias pass laterally.

inferior epigastric artery

A branch of the external iliac artery, just above the inguinal ligament; it runs upward and medially along the anterior abdominal wall medial to the internal inguinal ring. It then continues upward in the rectus sheath and eventually anastomoses with the superior epigastric artery, which is running downward in the sheath.
See also: artery
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In comparison with other arteries, He showed that the RA reactivity is between that of the gastroepiploic artery (representative of the splanchnic arteries, highest reactivity) and that of the coronary and somatic arteries (internal mammary artery and inferior epigastric artery, lowest reactivity).
The inferior epigastric artery can also be used, but it's more variable in diameter and length than ITA and radial artery grafts.
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