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Anatomy Atlases: Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus II: Cardiovascular System: Arteries: Abdomen: Variations in Branches of Celiac Trunk: Left Gastric Artery

Illustrated Encyclopedia of Human Anatomic Variation: Opus II: Cardiovascular System: Arteries: Abdomen: Variations in Branches of Celiac Trunk

Left Gastric Artery

Ronald A. Bergman, PhD
Adel K. Afifi, MD, MS
Ryosuke Miyauchi, MD

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The left gastric may arise directly from the abdominal aorta (5%, Rossi; 6.7% Eaton), and may provide one or both of the inferior phrenics or a common trunk for the two.

There may be two left gastric arteries instead of one.

The left gastric sometimes provides an enlarged (accessory) branch (8-25% of individuals) or sometimes it replaces the left hepatic artery (11-12% of individuals).

Poynter refers to the Vesalian view that the left gastric usually arises as a branch of the splenic; this was corrected by Winslow in 1832. Is it possible that this was a "chance" observation by Vesalius, who turned his attention elsewhere, and believed this relationship was the usual condition? The present authors do not know of another such reference.

According to Poynter, numerous reports have been given of this vessel associated with the hepatic or an accessory hepatic.

The branches of the left gastric artery are esophageal and hepatic. The esophageal arteries anastomose with other esophageal arteries from the aorta, and with bronchial, posterior intercostal, and phrenic arteries. The hepatic branch (aberrant hepatic) occurs in 25% of individuals (Michels, 1955; in 18.2% according to Moosman et al.) This artery may provide additional cardioesophageal branches. In about half of its occurrences the artery is the left hepatic; in the other half it is a replacing hepatic.

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Posterior Gastric

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