left gastric artery
The left gastric vein runs alongside its artery as far as the celiac artery, and then accompanies the hepatic artery to end in the portal vein. Its tributaries correspond to the branches of the artery; it communicates with systemic veins at the lower end of the esophagus. This is one of the sites where obstruction to the flow of portal blood through the liver may cause enlargement of portal-systemic anastomoses; and hemorrhage may occur from the swollen veins into the stomach with vomiting of blood (hematemesis).
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