Jacobs Journal of Anatomy and Physiology

Dorsal Metacarpal Arteries: Missing and Incorrect Terms

Published on: 2018-05-21


Extensive review of the literature has highlighted significant discrepancies regarding the nomenclature of the dorsal metacarpal arteries despite the anatomical findings first described as far back as 1911 remaining consistent. The variation in terminology has therefore caused considerable confusion amongst many readers. We seek to offer clarification of those inconsistent  anatomical terms through a review of the current literature.


Dorsal Metacarpal Artery, Cutaneous Blood Supply, First Dorsal Metacarpal Artery, Dorsal Intermetacarpal Artery, Common Digital Artery