Common hepatic artery arising from the aorta

Case contributed by Dr Safwat Mohammad Almoghazy


Staging CT for cervical cancer.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Female

No suspicious pulmonary lesions seen. Right lobe thyroid tiny calcified nodule. No sizeable mediastinal, hilar, or axillary lymphadenopathy seen. No pleural or pericardial effusions seen. The liver is average size with no focal lesions or dilated intrahepatic bile radicles seen. Unremarkable CT features of gallbladder, CBD, portal vein, pancreas, spleen, adrenals, kidneys

Hepatic artery is seen originating directly from the aorta (normal variant).

Case Discussion

The common hepatic artery may arise from the abdominal aorta or superior mesenteric artery (SMA). All or part of the right and left hepatic arteries may arise from other vessels.  

The hepatic artery arises from the aorta in ~2% of people.

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Case information

rID: 50593
Published: 12th Jan 2017
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Vascular
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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