Superior suprarenal artery

The superior suprarenal artery is an artery in the abdomen. It is a branch of the inferior phrenic artery, itself a branch of the aorta. It supplies the adrenal gland.

Superior suprarenal artery
Posterior abdominal wall, after removal of the peritoneum, showing kidneys, suprarenal capsules, and great vessels
SourceInferior phrenic artery
VeinSuprarenal veins
SuppliesAdrenal gland
LatinArteria suprarenales superior
Anatomical terminology


The superior suprarenal artery is a branch of the inferior phrenic artery.[1] There may be multiple branches, each of which is fairly small.[1] The inferior phrenic artery is itself is a branch of the aorta.[1] The phrenic artery supplies the diaphragm.


The superior suprarenal artery supplies the adrenal gland.[2] It may be more important during prenatal development.[2]

Clinical significanceEdit

The superior suprarenal artery may be assessed using Doppler ultrasound.[2]


The superior suprarenal artery may also be known as the superior adrenal artery.[2]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Listmann, Mishan; Tubbs, R. Shane (2020). "19 - The Abdominal Aorta". Surgical Anatomy of the Lateral Transpsoas Approach to the Lumbar Spine. Elsevier. pp. 185–188. doi:10.1016/B978-0-323-67376-1.00019-7. ISBN 978-0-323-67376-1. S2CID 216238402.
  2. ^ a b c d Fujita, Yasuyuki; Satoh, Shoji; Nakano, Hitoo (2001-10-01). "Doppler velocimetry in the adrenal artery in human fetuses". Early Human Development. 65 (1): 47–55. doi:10.1016/S0378-3782(01)00196-7. ISSN 0378-3782. PMID 11520628.

External linksEdit

  • Anatomy figure: 40:02-05 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "The suprarental glands. Blood supply to the suprarenal glands."