Superior vesical artery

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Artery: Superior vesical artery
Internal iliac branches.PNG
Male internal iliac artery and some of its branches. Superior vesical labeled at left.
Latin arteriae vesicales superiores
Gray's p.615
Supplies Urinary bladder, ureter
Source umbilical artery, or anterior trunk of internal iliac artery
Vein Vesical venous plexus

The superior vesical artery supplies numerous branches to the upper part of the bladder.

Structure[edit]

Development[edit]

The first part of the superior vesical artery represents the terminal section of the previous portion of the umbilical artery (fetal hypogastric artery).

Variation[edit]

The middle vesical artery, usually a branch of the superior vesical artery, is distributed to the fundus of the bladder and the seminal vesicles. This artery is not usually described in modern anatomy textbooks. Instead, it is described that the superior vesical artery may exist as multiple vessels that arise from a common origin.

Function[edit]

Other branches supply the ureter.

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References[edit]

This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.