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Gastrocolic ligament

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Gastrocolic ligament
The gastrocolic ligament and its relationships
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Identifiers
Latinligamentum gastrocolicum
TA98A10.1.02.205
TA23762
FMA16552
Anatomical terminology

The gastrocolic ligament is a portion of the greater omentum that stretches from the greater curvature of the stomach to the transverse colon. It forms part of the anterior wall of the lesser sac.

Dividing the gastrocolic ligament provides access to the anterior pancreas and the posterior wall of the stomach. This is commonly done for Whipple procedures, distal pancreatectomy, some forms of the Roux-en-Y gastric bypass, and exploratory laparotomy.

References

This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 1151 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)


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