Along its course, it is accompanied by a similarly named vein, the superior epigastric vein.
If the abdominal aorta develops a significant stenosis and/or blockage (as may be caused by atherosclerosis), this collateral pathway may develop sufficiently, over time, to supply blood to the lower limbs.
A congenitally narrowed aorta, due to coarctation, is often associated with a significant enlargement of the internal thoracic and epigastric arteries.
Superior epigastric artery pseudoaneurysm- a rare complication of chest drain insertion in coronary artery bypass grafting.(Case report)
Apr 25, 2007; Authors: Umar Sadat (corresponding author) ; Asif Jah ; Nick Ward ; Michael Gaunt BackgroundThis is the first case...