Gastroduodenal artery

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The gastroduodenal artery is a branch of the common hepatic artery, which is itself a ranch of the celiac trunk in the abdominal cavity. It descends behind the first part of the duodenum, where it is in danger of being eroded by digestive enzymes from a ruptured duodenal ulcer. The gastroduodenal gives branches to the pancreas and duodenum, and continues as the right gastroepiploic artery.