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Artery: Sphenopalatine artery
Plan of branches of internal maxillary artery. (Sphenopalatine visible in upper right.)
Latin arteria sphenopalatina
Gray's subject #144 562
Supplies frontal, maxillary, ethmoidal, and sphenoidal sinuses
Source maxillary artery   
Branches posterior lateral nasal branches
posterior septal branches

The sphenopalatine artery (nasopalatine artery) is an artery of the head, commonly known as the artery of epistaxis[1].



The sphenopalatine artery passes through the sphenopalatine foramen into the cavity of the nose, at the back part of the superior meatus. Here it gives off its posterior lateral nasal branches.

Crossing the under surface of the sphenoid the sphenopalatine artery ends on the nasal septum as the posterior septal branches.

Clinical significance

This artery is often ligated surgically to control severe epistaxis.

See also

External links


  1. ^ Dr.Padampreet Singh Batra’s ENT , Head and Neck » Blog Archive » Epistaxis (NASAL BLEEDING)

This article was originally based on an entry from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy. As such, some of the information contained within it may be outdated.



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