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Carotid bifurcation

The carotid bifurcation is the point at which the common carotid artery terminates. As it does so, it forms the internal and external carotid arteries which go on to supply the head and neck.

It is closely related anatomically to the carotid body, a small group of chemoreceptors and supporting matrix that reacts to the change in the composition of the blood flowing through the bifurcation.

Related pathology

Anatomy: Head and neck

Anatomy: Head and neck

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