What are anterior intercostal branches?

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Anterior Intercostal Branches Of Internal Thoracic Artery
... The Anterior intercostal branches of internal thoracic artery supply the upper five or six intercostal spaces ... The latter gives out the remaining anterior intercostal branches ... below, and anastomose with the posterior intercostal arteries from the thoracic aorta ...

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