Gastroepiploic artery

The gastroepiploic artery refers to a group of blood vessels that are found in the abdomen and stomach. The artery is separated into two extensions known as the right and left gastroepiploic arteries. These two arteries then merge together to form the gastroepiploic artery. The right extension is the larger blood vessel. It emerges from the last section of a blood vessel in the abdomen known as the gastroduodenal artery. It travels from right to left, traversing the stomach's curve. It is located slightly below the curve of the stomach. The arteries that stem from the right gastroepiploic artery direct blood flow to parts of the stomach. The right artery's path ceases once it merges with the left gastroepiploic artery. The left gastroepiploic artery is an extension of the splenic artery. It travels from left to right and also lies just below the curvature of the stomach. Blood vessels that emerge from the left gastroepiploic artery also direct blood flow to parts of the stomach, specifically the surface and greater omentum.
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