| 1: Ascending colon|
2: Transverse colon
3: Descending colon
4: Sigmoid colon
|Front of abdomen, showing surface markings for liver, stomach, and great intestine.|
|Gray's||subject #249 1180|
|Artery||Right colic artery|
|Vein||Right colic vein|
|Nerve||celiac ganglia, vagus |
The ascending colon is smaller in caliber than the cecum, with which it is continuous.
It passes upward, from its commencement at the cecum, opposite the colic valve, to the under surface of the right lobe of the liver, on the right of the gall-bladder, where it is lodged in a shallow depression, the colic impression; here it bends abruptly forward and to the left, forming the right colic flexure (hepatic).
It is retained in contact with the posterior wall of the abdomen by the peritoneum, which covers its anterior surface and sides, its posterior surface being connected by loose areolar tissue with the Iliacus, Quadratus lumborum, aponeurotic origin of Transversus abdominis, and with the front of the lower and lateral part of the right kidney.
- Digestive system diagram.svg
- Ascending+colon at eMedicine Dictionary
- SUNY Figs 37:06-08 - "The large intestine."
- Norman/Georgetown largeintestine (cecuminside)
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Anatomy of torso, digestive system: Gastrointestinal tract
|Upper GI: to stomach||Mouth • Pharynx (nasopharynx, oropharynx, hypopharynx) • Esophagus • Crop|
|Upper GI: stomach||rugae - gastric pits - cardia/gland - fundus/gland - pylorus/gland - pyloric antrum - pyloric canal - greater curvature - lesser curvature - angular incisure|
|Lower GI: intestines||Small intestine: Duodenum (Suspensory muscle, Major duodenal papilla, Minor duodenal papilla) • Duodenojejunal flexure • Jejunum • Ileum • continuous (intestinal villus, crypts of Lieberkühn, circular folds) Large intestine: Cecum • Colon (ascending colon, hepatic flexure, transverse colon, splenic flexure, descending colon, sigmoid colon) • continuous (taenia coli, haustra, epiploic appendix)|
|Lower GI: termination||Rectum: Houston valve • rectal ampulla • pectinate line Anus: Sphincter ani internus muscle • Sphincter ani externus muscle|
|Lower GI: lymph||GALT: Peyer's patches (M cells)|
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