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Anterior Superior Pancreaticoduodenal Artery
Cardiovascular System

Anterior Superior Pancreaticoduodenal Artery

Arteria pancreaticoduodenalis superior anterior

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Quick Facts

Origin: Gastroduodenal artery.

Course: Passes inferiorly between the second part of the duodenum and the head of the pancreas.

Branches: Duodenal and pancreatic branches.

Supplied Structures: Proximal duodenum and the head of the pancreas.

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Origin

The anterior superior pancreaticoduodenal artery is one of the terminal branches of the gastroduodenal artery.

Course

The anterior superior pancreaticoduodenal artery passes inferiorly in a groove between the second part of the duodenum and the head of the pancreas, or parallel to the groove but on the anterior surface of the head of the pancreas.

Branches

The anterior superior pancreaticoduodenal artery gives rise to duodenal and pancreatic branches, and eventually branches that anastomose with those of the anterior inferior pancreaticoduodenal artery.

Supplied Structures

The anterior superior pancreaticoduodenal artery supplies the first and second parts (superior and descending parts) of the duodenum and the head of the pancreas.

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