The celiac artery is divided in three branches: the hepatic artery, the lienal artery and the left gastric artery.
Statistical Analysis: To verify if the distribution of frequencies observed for the 30 examined animals is in accordance with the literature, we applied a tack test proceeded by the [chi square] test (qui-square) with a level of significance of 5% to test if the nullity hypothesis is true for the number of gastric arteries, the origin of the celiac artery and the number of main ramifications of the lienal artery. The relation between the length of the celiac artery and the rostrum-sacral length was calculated by the coefficient of correlation "r" varying between -1 and +1, that is, -1 [less than or equal to] r [less than or equal to] +1.
In all the dissected animals the lienal artery emerged directly of one way form of the celiac trunk or the gastrolienal trunk, after that it was divided in two branches in 28 animals (93.3%) and in three branches in 2 animals (6.7%).
The existence of two left gastric arteries emerging of the lienal artery was also reported by Schmidt et al.
The left gastric artery may originate straight from the celiac artery or through a common trunk with the lienal artery, bifurcating itself with the common hepatic artery (Schwarze; Nickel et al.; Niza et al.).