Sternocleidomastoid branches of occipital artery

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Artery: Sternocleidomastoid branches of occipital artery
The arteries of the face and scalp.
Latin rami sternocleidomastoidei arteriae occipitalis
Gray's subject #144 556
Source occipital artery   
/ Elsevier

The sternocleidomastoid branches of occipital artery (sternocleidomastoid artery) generally arises from the occipital close to its commencement, but sometimes springs directly from the external carotid.

It passes downward and backward over the hypoglossal nerve, and enters the substance of the muscle, in company with the accessory nerve.

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