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International Journal of Recent Trends in Science and Technology, ISSN 2277-2812 E-ISSN: 2249-8109

Volume 5, Issue 3, 2013 pp 166-167

Case Report

Variations in Branching Pattern of Superior Mesenteric Artery


Dahiphale Varsha P.1, Selukar Mangesh S.2, Kulkarni Promod R.3

{1, 2Associate Professor, 3Professor} Department of Anatomy, Government Medical College, Latur-413512 (Maharashtra) INDIA.

Academic Editor : Dr. Aher K.R.



Anatomical variations of branching of superior mesenteric artery are common. In this study a rare case of origin of splenic artery from superior mesenteric artery is reported during routine dissection of abdominal region in 60 yr old male cadaver, where splenic artery arises from anterior aspect of superior mesenteric artery.

     Other variation observed were

  1. Common trunk arises from posterior aspect of superior mesenteric artery, which divides into inferior pancreatico-duodenal and first jejunal artery.
  2. Appendicular artery arises from right colic artery.
Knowledge of these variations is important in planning and conducting surgical and radiological procedures.   The origin of splenic artery from superior mesenteric artery is the rarest variation which makes the case most unique.