Short gastric arteries

The short gastric arteries consist of from five to seven small branches, which arise from the end of the splenic artery, and from its terminal divisions.

Short gastric arteries
The celiac artery and its branches; the stomach has been raised and the peritoneum removed. (Short gastric visible at center right.)
Sourcesplenic artery
SuppliesGreater curvature of the stomach
Latinarteriae gastricae breves
Anatomical terminology

They pass from left to right, between the layers of the gastrolienal ligament, and are distributed to the greater curvature of the stomach, anastomosing with branches of the left gastric and left gastroepiploic arteries.

Unlike the gastroepiploics and the left and right gastric arteries, the short gastric arteries have poor anastomoses if the splenic artery is blocked.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 606 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

  1. Essential Clinical Anatomy. K.L. Moore & A.M. Agur. Lippincott, 2 ed. 2002. Page 150
  • celiactrunk at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University)
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