ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Middle Colic Artery Originating Directly from Aorta as a Middle Mesenteric Artery
Enis Uluçam 1, Bülent Sabri Cıgalı 1, Cüneyt Bozer 1, Levent Elevli 1, Ali Yılmaz 2
1Department of Anatomy, Medical Faculty of Trakya University, Edirne
2Departments of Anatomy, Medical Faculty of Trakya University, Edirne
Pages : 87-89


During abdominal dissection of a 32-year-old Caucasian female cadaver, an anomalous artery originating from the anterior aspect of the abdominal aorta was found. This artery had its origin between the superior mesenteric and inferior mesenteric arteries. It was 2.2 mm in diameter and formed an arch ascending to the left of the midline supplying the transverse colon. It was divided into right and left branches; the former anastomosing with the right colic artery, the latter with the left. During the diagnostic imaging of the abdominal vasculature and the practice of colonic surgery, the possibility of the existence of an anomalous artery must be kept in mind.

Keywords : Middle mesenteric artery; abdominal aorta; middle colic artery; colon surgery
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