Recurrent artery of Heubner

Dr Ian Bickle and Dr Donna D'Souza et al.

Recurrent artery of Heubner, also known as the medial striate artery or long central artery, is the largest perforating branch from the proximal anterior cerebral artery (ACA), and is the only one routinely seen on angiography.

Its origin is near the A1-ACOM-A2 junction of the ACA, arising from the proximal A2 in 90% of cases, and from the distal A1 in 10% of cases. It then curves back sharply on itself, paralleling the A1 and is at risk from ACOM aneurysm clipping (see case 1).

It supplies the head of caudate nucleus, paraterminal gyrus, anterior portion of the lentiform nucleus and anterior limb of the internal capsule.

It may be absent in 3% or duplicated in 12% of individuals.

It is named after Johann Otto Leonhard Heubner, a German pediatrician (1843-1926), who first described his eponymous vessel in 1872 7.

Clinical manifestations of occlusion:

  • unilateral
    • weakness contralateral arm
    • weakness contralateral face
    • dysarthria
    • hemichorea
  • bilateral
    • akinetic mutism
Anatomy: Brain
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Article information

rID: 1961
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Recurrent artery of Huebner
  • Medial striate artery

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: anterior circle of Willis
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  • Case 1: infarct in Heubner artery territory
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  • Case 2: recurrent artery of Heubner infarct
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