Visceral surface of spleen

Visceral surface of spleen
The visceral surface of the spleen.
Latin facies visceralis splenica
Gray's subject #278 1282

The visceral surface is divided by a ridge into an anterior or gastric and a posterior or renal portion.

  • The gastric surface (facies gastrica), which is directed forward, upward, and medialward, is broad and concave, and is in contact with the posterior wall of the stomach; and below this with the tail of the pancreas. It presents near its medial border a long fissure, termed the hilum. This is pierced by several irregular apertures, for the entrance and exit of vessels and nerves.
  • The renal surface (facies renalis) is directed medialward and downward. It is somewhat flattened, is considerably narrower than the gastric surface, and is in relation with the upper part of the anterior surface of the left kidney and occasionally with the left suprarenal gland.

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