Arc of Buhler

The arc of Buhler (AOB) is a persistent embryologic connection between the coeliac artery and superior mesenteric artery.  This arch is is independent of both the gastroduodenal and dorsal pancreatic artery.

It travels vertically, ventral to the abdominal aorta.  It is present in 1-4% of individuals and provides a collateral pathway between the two vascular territories.

It is named after Dr A Buhler who first described it in 1904 6.


Abdominal and pelvic anatomy
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rID: 5213
Section: Anatomy
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Buhler's arch
  • Arc of Buhler (AOB)

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