International Journal of Anatomical Sciences 2012, 3(1): 19-21

Research Article

 Martin-Gruber Anastomosis – Its Morphology and Clinical significance

 Azhagiri R, Melani Rajendran S.

Department of Anatomy, Sri Muthukumaran Medical College Hospital and Research Institute, Chikkarayapuram, Chennai 600 069, Tamil Nadu, India.
Department of Anatomy, Sri Ramachandra Medical College and Research Institute, Porur, Chennai 600 116, Tamil Nadu, India.

 Key words: Martin-Gruber, anastomosis, ulnar nerve, median nerve

Abstract: Knowledge on the prevalence of variations between the nerves is essential when establishing the diagnosis of neuropathies and surgical landmarks. In this study, 50 forearm regions of cadavers of both sexes were dissected to examine the communication between the median and ulnar nerves (Martin-Gruber anastomosis). This anastomosis was found only in one case (2%) on the left side. There was no significant gender in the incidence of this connection. Despite the low incidence of Martin-Gruber anastomosis been observed here, the importance of an adequate investigation of these connections needs to be understood.