Middle rectal artery

  • The middle rectal artery (latin: arteria rectalis medialis) is a branch of the anterior division of the internal iliac artery.

    The middle rectal artery passes inferiorly to the rectum splitting into several smaller branches to supply the middle part of the rectum.

    The middle rectal artery also gives off side branches. In males, it provides a prostatic branch to the prostate, while in females the middle rectal artery gives a vaginal branch to the vagina.