Common Hepatic Artery Ascending on the Anterior Surface of the Pancreas and Left Renal Vein Running Beneath the Diaphragm

Aiji Ohtsuka, Akio Kikuta, Takuro Murakami

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Abstract

Rare vascular anomalies were observed postmortem in a Japanese female (60-year-old). 1) The common hepatic artery arose from the superior mesenteric artery, ascended on the anterior surface of the pancreas, where the right gastro-epiploic and right gastric arteries branched, and continued as a normally-positioned proper hepatic artery. 2) Superior to the inferior phrenic arteries and along the caudal surface of the diaphragm, the left renal vein ran, collecting its usual tributaries; it emptied into the inferior vena cava 4 cm rostral and opposite-the right renal vein. The unusual common hepatic artery is thought to be comprised of the anterior branches of the superior and inferior pancreatico-duodenal arteries which enlarged in a compensation for dysgenesis of the usual common hepatic artery. The anomalous left renal vein suggests additional embryological anastomoses between the subcardinal veins rostral or superior to the omphalomesenteric artery.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)427-434
Number of pages8
JournalOkajimas Folia Anatomica Japonica
Volume60
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1983

Keywords

  • Celiac trunk
  • Hepatic artery
  • Inferior phrenic artery
  • Left renal vein
  • Vascular anomaly

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anatomy

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