Hepatic artery propria

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Anatomical drawing: the liver has been raised and the lesser omentum and the anterior leaf of the greater omentum removed. The common hepatic artery is the vessel that extends to the left edge of the picture and divides there, after the departure of the gastroduodenal artery (downwards) it is called the hepatic artery propria . A standard variant is shown here insofar as the A. gastrica dextra originates from the A. hepatica communis .

The arteria hepatica propria (liver artery) is the artery that supplies blood to the liver . It is the continuation of the common hepatic artery after the departure of the gastroduodenal artery and runs in the hepatoduodenal ligament . It sends the arteria gastrica dextra to the lesser curvature of the stomach and divides into two main branches within the liver or just before it: the ramus dexter (right branch) and ramus sinister (left branch). Sometimes there is a separate Ramus intermedius to quadrate lobe of the liver. The gallbladder artery ( arteria cystica ) usually emerges from the ramus dexter .

The common hepatic artery in turn arises from the celiac trunk and thus the abdominal aorta .


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