Inferior vesical artery

Supplying the bladder, the inferior vesical artery is located in the pelvis. It is a branch of the internal iliac artery, which commonly comes together with the middle rectal artery in the anterior division. Blood from this artery is delivered to the fundus in the bladder. The prostate and seminal vesicles are supplied by the inferior vesical artery in males. It is compared to the vaginal artery in females. The two are considered to be homologous. In some research articles and medical texts, the inferior vesical artery is considered to be found in both males and females, making the inferior vesical artery an artery that branches off of the vaginal artery in women. This artery may have a common trunk with the superior gluteal and internal pudendal, or can branch off from the internal pudendal. This varies in humans, and usually occurs as only one additional branch. The inferior vesical artery also supplies the ductus deferens, which is a section of the sperms' passageway.

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