, Volume 17, Issue 5, pp 245–247

On the symmetry and asymmetry of the bifurcation of the common carotid artery

A study of bilateral carotid angiograms in 100 adults
  • D. Smith
  • J. L. Larsen

DOI: 10.1007/BF00337533

Cite this article as:
Smith, D. & Larsen, J.L. Neuroradiology (1979) 17: 245. doi:10.1007/BF00337533


Bilateral carotid angiograms of the neck in 100 consecutive adult patients show the bifurcation of the left common carotid artery to be located cranial to the right in 50% of the cases, while the right bifurcation was higher in 22%. The origin of the internal carotid artery was at the dorsal or dorsolateral aspect of the common carotid artery in 82% on the right side and in 94% on the left, while a dorsomedial or medial origin was found in 18% on the right side and in 6% on the left.

Key words

Anatomy of the common carotid artery Carotid angiography 

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© Springer-Verlag 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. Smith
    • 1
  • J. L. Larsen
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic RadiologyUniversity of Bergen Medical SchoolNorway

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