Anatomical variations in the aortic bifurcation in New Zealand white rabbits on arteriography

Balastegui, Maria Teresa, Ramos-Plá, Juan José, Ferrer-Puchol, Maria Dolores, Carrillo, Jose Maria, Monteagudo-Franco, Sergio Pedro, Esteban, Enrique, and Liste, Fernando (2014) Anatomical variations in the aortic bifurcation in New Zealand white rabbits on arteriography. The Anatomical Record, 297 (4). pp. 663-669.

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Abstract

The radiologic anatomy of the aortic bifurcation in the rabbit has received little study but it is important as this anatomical area is widely used in atherosclerosis research. Thirty rabbits were used to study the aortic bifurcation and subsequent branching patterns on arteriography. Fifteen different arteries were identified. Mean arterial diameters of 2.88 ± 0.7 and 2.27 ± 0.55 mm were obtained for the aorta and external iliac arteries, respectively. The cranial and middle aspects at the seventh lumbar vertebra (L7) were the most frequent anatomical landmarks (53.3% of the cases) for aortic and common iliac bifurcations, respectively. The caudal aspect of L6 was the most frequent origin (50% of the cases) for the median sacral artery. Deep circumflex iliac arteries originated from common iliac arteries and not the abdominal aorta in the rabbit, showing anatomical asymmetry in 73.3% of the cases. No gender disparity was found in the anatomical location of any of the arteries of the study. Knowledge of normal vascular landmarks for the aortic bifurcation as well as anatomical variations should be helpful to future experimental studies.

Item ID: 38796
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1932-8494
Keywords: arteriographic anatomy;rabbit;aortic bifurcation;iliac artery
Funders: Generalitat Valenciana, Valencia Government (Spain)
Projects and Grants: Generalitat Valenciana, Valencia Government (Spain) Research project GV 007/39
Date Deposited: 14 May 2015 01:19
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