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13) The superior thyroid artery is the primary vessel that supplies these tumors.
The muscular branches coming from the superior thyroid artery and suprascapular artery supply the middle and lower part of sternocleidomastoid muscle.
After sub-platysmal dissection the structures identified are carotid bifurcation, lingual artery, superior thyroid artery and hypoglossal nerve.
Identification of ectopic thyroid tissue and variations in origin, number and course of the branches of the superior thyroid artery are of significant practical importance for the general, vascular surgeons and radiologist.

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