superficial branch

su·per·fi·cial branch

branch that passes above or closer to the surface; usually in contrast to a deep branch. Terminologia Anatomica lists superficial branches (rami superficialis) of the following: 1)lateral plantar nerve (nervi plantaris lateralis [TA]); 2) medial circumflex femoral artery (arteriae circumflexae femoris medialis [TA]); 3) medial plantar artery (arteriae plantaris medialis [TA]); 4) radial nerve (nervi radialis [TA]); 5) superior gluteal artery (arteriae gluteae superioris [TA]); and 6) ulnar nerve (nervi ulnaris [TA]).
Synonym(s): ramus superficialis [TA]
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Motor branches to the brachialis (MB), brachioradialis (BR), extensor carpi radialis longus (ECRL), extensor carpi radialis brevis (ECRB); superficial branch of the radial nerve; PIN and its branches to the supinator were identified.
Its superficial branch runs above the deep fascia of the Sartorius muscle and distally in the fat.
While the deep branch innervates the supinator, forearm and hand extensor muscles, the superficial branch goes down to the hand dorsal [6] and branches into the dorsal digital nerves in the proximal interphalangeal joint of the middle finger, thumb and index finger.
A CT angiogram was performed revealing active extravasation from a small superficial branch of the SFA (Figure 2).
After sending motor branches to the FCU and FDP D4-D5, the ulnar nerve continues distally, ultimately terminating into 3 primary distal branches; (1) dorsal ulnar cutaneous nerve; (2) superficial branch of the ulnar nerve; and (3) deep motor branch of the ulnar nerve.
The SPA is formed by superficial branch of ulnar artery passing superficial to flexor retinaculum and then curving laterally to form an arch, lying just deep to palmar aponeurosis.
Ulnar nerve palsy in leprosy without skin changes: biopsy of the superficial branch of the ulnar nerve in the hand.
The great auricular nerve is a superficial branch of the cervical plexus, contributed to by fibers from the C2 and C3 spinal nerves.
In the palm, the ulnar artery forms superficial palmar arch and it is completed laterally by superficial branch of radial artery.
The superficial palmar branch passes through the thenar muscles and anastomoses with the superficial branch of the ulnar artery forming the superficial palmar arterial arch.

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