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Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy

, Volume 34, Issue 10, pp 959–963 | Cite as

Absence of the celiac trunk: case report using MDCT angiography

  • Petru Matusz
  • Gratian D. Miclaus
  • Horia PlesEmail author
  • R. Shane Tubbs
  • Marios Loukas
Anatomic Variations

Abstract

The authors describe a case of a 57-year-old male patient with peripheral vascular disease which presented on MDCT angiography the absence of the celiac trunk (CT). The left gastric artery (LGA), common hepatic artery (CHA), and splenic artery (SA) (with an internal diameter at origin of 3.3, 6.0, and 6.2 mm, respectively) originated directly and independently from the abdominal aorta (AA). The LGA arose from the anterior wall of the AA [27 mm above the origin of the superior mesenteric artery (SMA)]. The SA and CHA arose from the left side of the anterolateral wall of the AA at 19 and 14 mm (respectively) above the origin of the SMA. The incidence and developmental and clinical significance of this vascular variation are discussed with a detailed review of the literature.

Keywords

Abdominal aorta Celiac trunk Left gastric artery Splenic artery Common hepatic artery Variations 

Notes

Conflicts of interest

None.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Petru Matusz
    • 1
  • Gratian D. Miclaus
    • 2
  • Horia Ples
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • R. Shane Tubbs
    • 4
  • Marios Loukas
    • 5
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy“Victor Babes” University of Medicine and PharmacyTimisoaraRomania
  2. 2.Neuromed Diagnostic Imaging CentreTimisoaraRomania
  3. 3.Department of Neurosurgery“Victor Babes” University of Medicine and PharmacyTimisoaraRomania
  4. 4.Pediatric NeurosurgeryChildren’s HospitalBirminghamUSA
  5. 5.Department of Anatomical SciencesSchool of Medicine, St George’s UniversityGrenadaWest Indies

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