Pancreatic branches of splenic artery

The pancreatic branches or pancreatic arteries are numerous small vessels derived from the splenic artery as it runs behind the upper border of the pancreas, supplying its body and tail.

Pancreatic branches of splenic artery
Branches of the celiac artery
SourceSplenic artery
LatinRami pancreatici arteriae splenicae
Anatomical terminology

One of these, larger than the rest, is sometimes given off near the tail of the pancreas; it runs from left to right near the posterior surface of the gland, following the course of the pancreatic duct, and is called the greater pancreatic artery.

These vessels anastomose with the pancreatic branches of the superior and inferior pancreaticoduodenal artery that are given off by the gastroduodenal artery and superior mesenteric artery respectively.


There are four main pancreatic branches of the splenic artery:[1]


  1. Casillas, Javier; Levi, Joe U. (2016). Multidisciplinary Teaching Atlas of the Pancreas. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. pp. 63–64.

This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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