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Common iliac artery



Artery: Common iliac artery
Front of abdomen, showing surface markings for arteries and inguinal canal.
Bifurcation of the aorta and the right iliac arteries - side view. Hypogastric artery is an old term for internal iliac artery. (Com. iliac. a. is visible at center bottom left.)
Latin arteria iliaca communis
Gray's subject #155 613
Source abdominal aorta
Branches external iliac
internal iliac
Vein common iliac veins
Dorlands/Elsevier a_61/12154545

The common iliac arteries are two large arteries, about 4cm long in adults but more than a centimetre in diameter, that originate from the aortic bifurcation and terminate when bifurcating into the external iliac artery and internal iliac artery. The common iliac artery, and all of its branches, exist as paired structures (that is to say, there is one on the left side and one on the right).

Additional recommended knowledge

The distribution of the common iliac artery is basically the pelvis and lower limb on the corresponding side.

Both common iliac arteries are accompanied along their course by common iliac veins.


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