Common hepatic artery

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The common hepatic artery is a branch of the celiac trunk in the abdominal cavity. It passes to the right, superior to the first part of the duodenum, before dividing into the gastroduodenal artery and the hepatic artery proper. The hepatic artery proper ascends within the free border of the lesser omentum, to the left of the common bile duct and anterior to the portal vein, towards the porta hepatis where it divides into right and left hepatic arteries. The cystic artery, supplying the gall bladder, is usually a branch of the right hepatic artery. Along its course, the hepatic artery proper often gives off the right gastric artery that passes to the lesser curvature of the stomach, where it anastomoses with the left gastric artery.