DOI: 10.1111/ases.13268 ISSN: 1758-5902

A gastroduodenal artery that branched from the celiac artery in gastrectomy: A rare case of an anatomical variant

Shota Shimizu, Tomoyuki Matsunaga, Yu Sakano, Masahiro Makinoya, Yuji Shishido, Kozo Miyatani, Yusuke Kono, Yuki Murakami, Takehiko Hanaki, Kyoichi Kihara, Manabu Yamamoto, Naruo Tokuyasu, Shuichi Takano, Teruhisa Sakamoto, Toshimichi Hasegawa, Yoshiyuki Fujiwara
  • General Medicine


Understanding anatomical anomalies of the branch of the celiac artery for safe gastrectomy is important. We report a case of laparoscopic distal gastrectomy with D1+ lymph node dissection for early gastric cancer with a vascular anatomical anomaly of the celiac artery. A 45‐year‐old woman was referred to our hospital because of early gastric cancer. Computed tomography showed an anatomical variation of the gastroduodenal artery, which branched from the celiac artery. The celiac artery also branched into the left gastric artery, the splenic artery, and the common hepatic artery. Preoperative understanding of an unusual branch of the celiac artery enabled a safe laparoscopic surgery. There were no postoperative complications. The Adachi classification or Michel classification is used for an anatomical anomaly of the celiac artery, but to the best of our knowledge, this case has not been previously classified and is the first reported case.

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