Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus II: Cardiovascular System
Ronald A. Bergman, PhD
Adel K. Afifi, MD, MS
Ryosuke Miyauchi, MD
Peer Review Status: Internally Peer Reviewed
Schematic drawing of most frequent type of arterial pattern of common bile duct. Relationship of retroduodenal or posterior superior pancreatoduodenal artery to duct makes it the primary source of vascularization to both its supraduodenal and infraduodenal segments. Note continuity of ensheathing and anastomotic epicholedochal plexus on cystic and hepatic ducts and contributions made by hepatic and cystic arteries (based upon 41 fetal and neonatal specimens).
Parke, WW, Michels, N.A. and G.M. Ghash. Blood supply of the common bile duct. Surg. Gynecol. Obstet. 117:47-55, 1963.
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