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pericardiophrenic arteries (anatomy)

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The pericardiophrenic artery:

  • is a branch of the internal thoracic artery on each side that originates at the level of the lower margin of the manubrium
  • runs with the phrenic nerve
  • supplies on route:
    • phrenic nerve
    • pleura
    • pericardium
    • diaphragm; minimal contribution