European Journal of Anatomy

Official Journal of The Spanish Society of Anatomy
Cover Volume 24 - Number 1
Eur J Anat, 24 (1): 69-74 (2020)

Anatomical variations and clinicalrelevance of cystic artery: a briefreview

Abebe Ayalew Bekel

Department of Human Anatomy, College of Medicine and Health Sciences, Bahir Dar University, Ethiopia

ABSTRACT Although the cystic artery commonly originates from a right hepatic artery, variations in the origin and course of the cystic artery occur in 24.5% of people. The explanation for the variations of the cystic artery is found in the developmental pattern of the biliary system. Thus, the various origins of the cystic artery and its course concerning the Calot’s triangle require the attention of surgeons in order to avoid iatrogenic injury of the bile ducts and vessels. Hence, the course of the cystic artery regarding hepatobiliary ducts has also to be noted by surgeons during cholecystectomy.

Keywords: Cystic artery – Calot’s triangle – Hepatobiliary ducts – Cholecystectomy

European Journal of anatomy
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