superior epigastric artery

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su·pe·ri·or ep·i·gas·tric ar·ter·y

[TA]
origin, the medial terminal branch of internal thoracic; distribution, abdominal muscles and integument, falciform ligament; anastomoses, inferior epigastric.

su·pe·ri·or ep·i·gas·tric ar·te·ry

(sŭ-pēr'ē-ŏr ep'i-gas'trik ahr'tĕr-ē) [TA]
Origin, the medial terminal branch of internal thoracic; distribution, abdominal muscles and integument, falciform ligament; anastomoses, inferior epigastric.
Synonym(s): arteria epigastrica superior.

superior epigastric artery

The terminal branch of the internal thoracic artery. The superior epigastric artery runs downward through the anterior diaphragm and enters the rectus sheath; it anastomoses with the upward traveling inferior epigastric artery.
See also: artery
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There were varicose veins in both lower limbs, more marked on the right, and tortuous distended superficial inferior and superior epigastric veins on the trunk The direction of flow in the latter was cephalad.
Because this represents the non-dominant blood supply to infraumbilical tissue, vascularization via the superior epigastric artery may need to be increased to improve outcomes in patients who are obese, smoke, or have a history of prior radiation.

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