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Hepatic flexure

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Hepatic flexure

Hepatic flexure
Colorectal anatomy
(the hepatic flexure is labeled at upper left).
Sagittal section through posterior abdominal wall, showing the relations of the capsule of the kidney (section of right colic flexure labeled at center right).
Latin Flexura coli dextra, flexura hepatica
Precursor Midgut
Anatomical terminology

Hepatic (or the right colic) flexure is the sharp bend between the ascending and the transverse colon. The right colic flexure is adjacent to the liver, and is therefore also known as the hepatic flexure. Thus, the left colic flexure is also known as the splenic flexure (as it is close to the spleen). The hepatic flexure lies in the right upper quadrant of the abdomen in humans.

It is supplied by the superior mesenteric artery.

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External links

  • Anatomy photo:37:13-0102 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Anatomy image:8182 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center

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