Faculty and students of the COM discovered an extremely rare anatomical anomaly in a body being dissected – the presence of sciatic arteries, rather than femoral arteries, in the legs. During normal development the sciatic artery is replaced by the femoral artery within the first 3 months in utero. Because of the relatively superficial position of the sciatic artery it can be subjected to trauma resulting in many clinical problems such as aneurysm and blood clot formation. Thus, this anomaly served as a wonderful teaching tool linking embryology, anatomy and pathophysiology of the cardiovascular system.
The editors of International Journal of Angiology considered the findings interesting enough that they not only accepted the manuscript entitled “Persistent bilateral sciatic arteries: a rare case report” for publication in their journal but also invited the authors to present their findings at their 52nd Annual World Congress in Kentucky this October.
We are particularly pleased that we are developing a tradition where each year Alfaisal COM students are co-authors on a paper with faculty.