Median sacral artery
The median sacral artery (or middle sacral artery) is a small vessel that arises posterior to the abdominal aorta and superior to its bifurcation.
|Median sacral artery
The abdominal aorta and its branches. (Middle sacral visible at center bottom.)
The arteries of the pelvis. (Middle sacral labeled at upper right.)
|Median sacral vein
|coccyx, lumbar vertebrae, sacrum
|arteria sacralis mediana
Minute branches pass from it, to the posterior surface of the rectum.
On the last lumbar vertebra it anastomoses with the lumbar branch of the iliolumbar artery; in front of the sacrum it anastomoses with the lateral sacral arteries, sending offshoots into the anterior sacral foramina.
The median sacral artery is morphologically the direct continuation of the abdominal aorta. It is vestigial in humans, but large in animals with tails such as the crocodile.
- The iliac veins.
- Scheme of the anastomosis of the veins of the rectum.
- The relations of the viscera and large vessels of the abdomen.
- Median sacral artery
- Pelvic contents: male. Superior view. Deep dissection.