Esophageal branches of thoracic part of aorta

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Artery: Esophageal branches of thoracic part of aorta
Latin rami oesophageales partis thoracicae aortae
Gray's subject #153 600
Supplies esophagus
Source descending aorta   
Vein esophageal veins
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Editor-In-Chief: C. Michael Gibson, M.S., M.D. [1]

The esophageal arteries four or five in number, arise from the front of the aorta, and pass obliquely downward to the esophagus, forming a chain of anastomoses along that tube, anastomosing with the esophageal branches of the inferior thyroid arteries above, and with ascending branches from the left inferior phrenic and left gastric arteries below.

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