What Is Celiac Artery Or Celiac Trunk?

Q:
What is celiac artery or celiac trunk?

A:
The celiac artery is also known as the celiac trunk.It is the first major branch of the abdominal aorta.

The celiac artery supplies oxygenated blood to the liver, stomach, abdominal esophagus, spleen and the superior half of both the duodenum and the pancreas.

The celiac artery is an essential source of blood, since the interconnections with the other major arteries of the gut are not sufficient to sustain adequate perfusion. Thus it cannot be safely ligated in a living person, and obstruction of the celiac artery will lead to necrosis of the structures it supplies.

Key words: celiac artery; celiac trunk.

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