Journal of Experimental and Clinical Anatomy

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A Rare Variety of Origin of Obturator Artery- A Case Report

M Bandopadhyay, S Biswas, R Roy


A rare variety of origin of obturator artery was found while doing dissection on a 54-year-old Indian male. The artery originated from the posterior division of the internal iliac artery. The rest of its course, as well as other branches of the internal iliac artery were normal. Knowledge of such a variation in the origin of obturator artery is important while doing various gynecological, surgical and orthopedic operations. Obturator artery develops due to uneven growth of the anastomosis between developing internal and external iliac arteries. Obturator artery is last to develop amongst the branches of internal iliac artery. This is likely to be the cause of such a variation
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