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Laboratory 31. Pharynx
Step 9. Common Carotid Artery and Branches of the External Carotid Artery

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From the posterior view, identify the bifurcation of the common carotid artery, internal carotid artery and external carotid artery. Note that the internal carotid artery is medial to cranial nerves X, XI, and XII.

Identify four of the eight branches of the external carotid artery. They include the:

The lingual artery and facial artery often arise from a common trunk. In the retromandibular region, which may not be visible at this time, the terminal portion of the external carotid artery further divides into the maxillary artery and superficial temporal artery.

Links and References:
Grant's: 8.57, 8.58
Rohen/Yokochi: 160