Branching and distribution of the coeliac artery in “cutias” (Dasyprocta aguti, Rodentia)
The branches and distribution of the coeliac artery were studied in 19 adult specimens (5 males and 14 females) of “Cutias” (Dasyprocta aguti, Rodentia) captured in the State of Piaui, Brazil. After anesthesia and prior to dissection, Neoprene-latex 650 was injected through the abdominal portion of the aorta. The results showed that the coeliac artery was found with 2 (26.3%) or 3 (73.7%) terminal branches: splenic, left gastric and hepatic arteries. The splenic artery, after giving several branches to the spleen (1 to 7), sends one (the left gastroepiploic artery) to the stomach. The hepatic artery gives off the right gastric, right gastroepiploic and cranial pancreaticoduodenal arteries. The left gastric artery sends branches to the stomach (lesser curvature and proventricular part).
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