Mnemonics to remember the Branches of Internal Carotid Artery

Two useful mnemonics to remember the branches of the internal carotid artery are

  • A VIP’S COMMA
  • Calming Voices Make Intra-Operative Surgery Pleasurable And Almost Memorable

Mnemonics

A VIP’S COMMA
  • A: anterior choroidal artery (C7)
  • V: Vidian artery (C2)
  • I: inferolateral trunk (C4)
  • P: posterior communicating artery (C7)
  • S: superior hypophyseal artery (C6)
  • C: caroticotympanic artery (C2)
  • O: ophthalmic artery (C6)
  • M: meningohypophyseal trunk (C4)
  • M: middle cerebral artery (C7)
  • A: anterior cerebral artery (C7)
Branches of Internal Carotid Artery

The last two branches in the mnemonic are the terminal branches of the internal carotid artery.

Except for the terminal segment (C7) the odd-numbered segments usually have no branches, whereas the even-numbered segments (C2, C4, C6) each have two branches.

Calming Voices Make Intra-Operative Surgery Pleasurable And Almost Memorable
  • C: caroticotympanic artery (C2)
  • V: Vidian artery (C2)
  • M: meningohypophyseal trunk (C4)
  • I: inferolateral trunk (C4)
  • O: ophthalmic artery (C6)
  • S: superior hypophyseal artery (C6)
  • P: posterior communicating artery (C7)
  • A: anterior choroidal artery (C7)
  • A: anterior cerebral artery (C7)
  • M: middle cerebral artery (C7)

Branches of Internal Carotid Artery

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