Lingual-facial Trunk Arising from the External Carotid Artery: A Case Report

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Constanza Pantoja Gonzalez; César Coronado Gallardo; Pedro Aravena Torres & Iván Suazo Galdames


The variations in the origin of the facial and lingual arteries are very important in maxillofacial, head and neck surgery procedures. This study is a case report in which the common origin is described in the facial and lingual artery in a lingual-facial trunk (LFT) on the left side of a female corpse from Spain. In the examination, a diameter of 2.17 mm and a length of 8.84 mm are shown. It was located 12.04 mm from the carotid bifurcation and 9.31 mm from the origin of the superior thyroid artery. The variation in biometric values shown, are anatomical findings in the neck dissection of a corpse. Moreover, taking into account the surgical procedures, which involve the origin of facial and lingual artery, because it is the most common variation and could cause complications.

KEY WORDS: Lingual-facial trunk; External carotid artery; Artery bifurcation.

How to cite this article

PANTOJA, G. C.; CORONADO, G. C.; ARAVENA, T. P. & SUAZO. G. I. Lingual-facial trunk arising from the external carotid artery: A case report. Int. J. Morphol., 32(3):1108-1110, 2014.