Neurovascular Anatomy: Internal Carotid Artery: Middle Cerebral Artery: Cortical Branches

Middle Cerebral Artery

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Cortical (M3) Segment
Middle Cerebral Artery

Distal branches of MCA course laterally to insular cortex and loop around operculum - "Candelabra" effect seen on lateral angiograms.

Embolization of individual cortical branches can produce highly circumscribed infarctions accompanied by specific neurologic deficits.