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Hepatic artery proper

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Hepatic artery proper

Hepatic artery proper
The hepatic artery proper branches from the common hepatic artery.
Inferior surface of the liver. (Entrance for hepatic artery labeled at bottom center.)
Latin arteria hepatica propria
Source common hepatic artery
Anatomical terminology

The hepatic artery proper (also proper hepatic artery), arises from the common hepatic artery and runs alongside the portal vein and the common bile duct to form the portal triad. A branch of the common hepatic artery –the gastroduodenal artery gives off the small supraduodenal artery to the duodenal bulb. Then the right gastric artery comes off and runs to the left along the lesser curvature of the stomach to meet the left gastric artery, which is a branch of the celiac trunk. It subsequently bifurcates into the right and left hepatic arteries. Of note, the right and left hepatic arteries may demonstrate variant anatomy. A misplaced right hepatic artery may arise from the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) and a misplaced left hepatic artery may arise from the left gastric artery. The cystic artery generally comes off of the right hepatic artery.[1]

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  1. ^ Balija, M; Huis, M; Nikolic, V; Stulhofer, M (1999). "Laparoscopic visualization of the cystic artery anatomy". World journal of surgery 23 (7): 703–7; discussion 707.  

External links

  • Proper hepatic artery - Washington Hospital Center.
  • Anatomy photo:38:03-0104 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "Stomach, Spleen and Liver: Contents of the Hepatoduodenal ligament"
  • Anatomy image:8329 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • celiactrunk at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University)
  • Cystic artery
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