Outline the anatomy of the blood supply (arteries and veins) of the gastrointestinal system (oesophagus to anus)
This question was answered best if the main arteries and veins were discussed first and then their corresponding supply outline in reasonable detail. Very few candidates were able to achieve this. Listing the names of vessels with no context and in a random non-sequential order did not attract many marks. The physiology of the blood supply to the liver also did not attract marks.
The major arterial vessels and their branches are:
The structures supplied by each branch are:
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