Superior pancreaticoduodenal artery

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Branching of the celiac trunk

The superior pancreaticoduodenal artery (“upper pancreatic duodenal artery”) - referred to in animals as the pancreaticoduodenalis cranialis artery (“anterior pancreatic duodenal artery”) - is an artery in the abdominal cavity .

The superior pancreaticoduodenal artery arises from the gastro-small intestinal artery ( Arteria gastroduodenalis ), which in turn is a branch of the common hepatic artery ( Arteria hepatica communis ). It divides on the pancreas into an anterior and posterior branch ( A. pancreaticoduodenalis superior anterior and posterior ) and supplies the duodenum and pancreas. The superior pancreaticoduodenal artery anastomoses with its two branches with the branches of the lower artery of the same name ( arteria pancreaticoduodenalis inferior ) and thus forms a connecting double vascular loop, the “Rio Branco Arcade”.


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