Middle colic artery

Middle colic artery
Artery: Middle colic artery
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The superior mesenteric artery and its branches. (Middle colic visible at center top.)
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Colonic blood supply (Middle colic artery is #6)
Latin arteria colica media
Gray's subject #154 609
Supplies transverse colon
Source superior mesenteric artery   
Vein Middle colic vein
MeSH a_61

The middle colic artery is a branch of the superior mesenteric artery that mostly supplies the transverse colon. It arises just below the pancreas, and, passing downward and forward between the layers of the transverse mesocolon, divides into two branches: right and left.

The arches thus formed are placed about two fingers’ breadth from the transverse colon, to which they distribute branches.

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