Introduction. Arterial variations may cause significant complications during diagnostic and interventional procedures.
The objective of the study. Our study examined 73 donated cadavers in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, in an effort to unearth possible artery alternations.
Material and methods. The major branches of the abdominal aorta, the arteries of the limps and the neck were inquired.
Results. In 58.9% of the cadavers no arterial variation was found, whereas one, two and three alternations at the same cadaver were observed in 21.9%, 12.3% and 6.8% respectively. The most common anatomical variations were noted in the vascular branching of the celiac trunk found in 24.7% of the cadavers.
Conclusions. There was no statistically significant difference between the two genders concerning the frequency of the observed arterial variations (p<0.05).
Keywords: artery variations, cadaveric study, celiac artery, superior mesenteric artery, inferior mesenteric artery, renal artery.
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