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Great Pancreatic Artery
Cardiovascular System

Great Pancreatic Artery

Arteria pancreatica magna

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Quick Facts

Origin: Splenic artery.

Course: Passes to the left along the posterior surface of the pancreas.

Branches: None.

Supplied Structures: Left half of the body and tail of the pancreas.

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Origin

The great pancreatic artery arises from the splenic artery, approximately one half to two thirds of the distance along its course, but is quite variable.

Course

The great pancreatic artery passes to the left along the posterior surface of the pancreas aiming towards its tail. It approximates the course of the pancreatic duct.

Branches

There are no named branches.

Supplied Structures

The great pancreatic artery supplies the left half of the body and tail of the pancreas.

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