Gastrointestinal Anatomy



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 

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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Authors and Affiliations

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

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