It is fairly common to find anatomic variations and anomalies in the arterial pattern of the upper extremities. However, a complete absence of the distal ulnar artery bilaterally is extremely rare. During preoperative assessment for a radial forearm free flap, we accidentally discovered bilateral distal ulnar artery agenesis. In this article, the clinical implications of this variation are discussed, along with a review of the literature.
Published on: 13 Mar 2015