Plan of the branches.
The thoracic aorta, viewed from the left side.
pars descendens aortae
The descending aorta is part of the aorta, the largest artery in the body. The descending aorta begins at the aortic arch that runs down through the chest and abdomen. The descending aorta anatomically consists of two portions or segments, the thoracic and the abdominal aorta, in correspondence with the two great cavities of the trunk in which it is situated. Within the abdomen, the descending aorta branches into the two common iliac arteries which serve the pelvis and eventually legs.
- Rubin, Raphael; Strayer, David S., eds. (2008). Rubin's Pathology: Clinicopathologic Foundations of Medicine (5th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 442. ISBN 9780781795166.
- Naidich, David P.; Webb, W. Richard; et al., eds. (2007). Computed Tomography and Magnetic Resonance of the Thorax (4th ed.). Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. p. 100. ISBN 9780781757652.
- Anatomy figure: 19:04-03 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center – "Left side of the mediastinum."
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