Gastrointestinal Anatomy

  • Richard L. Drake
  • Jennifer M. McBride


An ostomy is an opening in the abdominal wall to which a portion of the gastrointestinal tract is attached. Its purpose is to provide a pathway for digested material to leave the body when the normal pathway is blocked due to a variety of situations. It can involve a part of the small intestine, i.e. an ileostomy, or a part of the large intestine, i.e. a colostomy. Thus, an overview of the anatomy of the gastrointestinal tract is a logical place to begin.


Superior Mesenteric Artery Anal Canal Internal Iliac Artery Inferior Mesenteric Artery Arterial Supply 
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Suggested Reading

  1. Drake RL, Vogl AW, Mitchell AWM. Gray’s anatomy for students. 2nd ed. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier; 2010.Google Scholar
  2. Drake RL, Vogl AW, Mitchell AWM, Tibbits R, Richardson P. Gray’s atlas of anatomy. Philadelphia: Churchill Livingstone/Elsevier; 2008.Google Scholar

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine of Case Western Reserve UniversityClevelandUSA

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