Superior adrenal artery

Andrew Murphy and Dr Craig Hacking et al.

The superior adrenal (suprarenal) arteries area a group of one of the three adrenal arteries that supply the adrenal gland. There are usually numerous small arteries arising from the inferior phrenic artery.

Gross Anatomy


The superior suprarenal arteries arise from the inferior phrenic artery.


The superior suprarenal arteries branch off the inferior phrenic artery as it ascends over the diaphramatic crura to the undersurface of the diaphragm.


Each superior suprarenal arteries provides multiple small branches to the superior portion of the gland.

Variant anatomy

The number of superior suprarenal arteries varies considerably.

Anatomy: Abdominopelvic
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rID: 53941
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • superior suprarenal artery
  • superior adrenal arteries
  • superior suprarenal arteries

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