Long posterior ciliary arteries

Summary

The long posterior ciliary arteries are arteries of the head arising, together with the other ciliary arteries, from the ophthalmic artery. There are two in each eye.

Long posterior ciliary arteries
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The arteries of the choroid and iris. The greater part of the sclera has been removed.
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Iris, front view.
Details
Sourceophthalmic artery
Suppliesiris
ciliary body
choroid
Identifiers
LatinArteriae ciliares posteriores longae
TA98A12.2.06.032
TA24481
FMA70778
Anatomical terminology
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CourseEdit

They pierce the posterior part of the sclera at some little distance from the optic nerve, and run forward, along either side of the eyeball, between the sclera and choroid, to the ciliary muscle, where they divide into two branches.

These form an arterial circle, the circulus arteriosus major, around the circumference of the iris, from which numerous converging branches run, in the substance of the iris, to its pupillary margin, where they form a second (incomplete) arterial circle, the circulus arteriosus minor.

TargetEdit

The long posterior ciliary arteries supply the iris, ciliary body and choroid.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 571 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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