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May 1952


AMA Arch Surg. 1952;64(5):616-621. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1952.01260010634011

THE ARTERIAL blood supply of the normal human stomach and its usual variations are well known. Anatomical studies of injected cadaver specimens as diagrammatically shown in Figure 1 are comparable to those available in standard textbooks on the subject, and from clinical experience it has long been postulated that the supply is exceptionally rich. Few, if any, studies, however, have been undertaken to evaluate critically this blood supply by the more accurate method of injection and clearing, and it therefore seemed worth while to attempt to demonstrate the intramural anastomotic system and to determine further the relative role played by each of the four major arteries in the vascular supply of the human stomach.

Studies of the blood supply of the small intestine by Noer and co-workers,1 using survival experiments and injection techniques in the dog, demonstrated that there was a close correlation between the length of devascularized loop