Left colic artery
|Artery: Left colic artery|
|The inferior mesenteric artery and its branches. (Left colic visible at center right.)|
|Sigmoid colon and rectum, showing distribution of branches of inferior mesenteric artery and their anastomoses. (Left colic visible at center left.)|
|Latin||arteria colica sinistra|
|Gray's||subject #154 610|
|Vein||left colic vein|
The left colic artery runs to the left behind the peritoneum and in front of the psoas major muscle, and after a short, but variable, course divides into an ascending and a descending branch; the stem of the artery or its branches cross the left ureter and left internal spermatic vessels.
The ascending branch crosses in front of the left kidney and ends, between the two layers of the transverse mesocolon, by anastomosing with the middle colic artery; the descending branch anastomoses with the highest sigmoid artery.
- Norman/Georgetown sup&infmesentericart
- SUNY Labs 39:05-0105 - "Intestines and Pancreas: Branches of the Inferior Mesenteric Artery"
- SUNY Anatomy Image 8585
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Arteries of torso - abdomen
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