LEFT INFERIOR PHRENIC ARTERY

 

ORIGIN: Abdominal aorta.

COURSE/DISTRIBUTION: Arises from front of the aorta above the origin of the coeliac trunk and runs upwards and laterally in front of the left crus of diaphragm. It passes behind the oesophagus  and runs on the left side of the diaphragmatic oesophageal opening. It then divides into its terminal branches the medial and lateral branches that supply the diaphragm and, suprarenal gland and inferior vena cava.

BRANCHES:

  • Inferior vena caval branch
  • Diaphragmatic branches
  • Left superior suprarenal arteries

 

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