ascending pharyngeal artery
The first and smallest branch of the external
carotid artery, which springs from its medial side near its lower end.
It runs upwards along the side of the pharynx hidden under cover of the carotid arteries.
|The ascending pharyngeal artery in
relation to the external carotid and its branches
Its branches are:
- Pharyngeal, to the pharynx, pharyngotympanic tube,
tonsil, and palate;
- Muscular, to the prevertebral muscles;
- Inferior tympanic, which accompanies the tympanic
branch of the glossopharyngeal nerve to the middle ear;
- Meningeal, which enters the skull through the foream
lacerum, jugular formamen, and anterior condylar canal.