Liver and intrahepatic bile ducts - nontumor
Normal anatomy

Topic Completed: 1 April 2012

Revised: 27 November 2019

Copyright: (c) 2002-2019,, Inc.

PubMed Search: Anatomy[title] liver[title] "loattrfree full text"[sb]

Komal Arora, M.D.
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Cite this page: Arora K. Normal anatomy. website. Accessed February 27th, 2020.
Definition / general
  • 1,200 - 1,600 g
  • Dual blood supply of portal vein (2/3) and hepatic artery (1/3) via porta hepatis (common hepatic bile duct exists in same region)
  • Blood exits liver via left and right hepatic veins to inferior vena cava
  • Divided into right and left lobes by Cantlie line projecting between gallbladder fossa and vena cava and defined by middle hepatic vein
  • Right lobe is divided into anterior and posterior segments by right hepatic vein
  • Left lobe is divided into medial and lateral segments by left hepatic vein
  • Intrahepatic biliary tree: classified into intrahepatic large bile ducts (grossly visible with fibrous ductal wall and peribiliary glands) and small bile ducts
  • Regional lymph nodes: hilar, hepatoduodenal ligament, caval
Diagrams / tables

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Anterior and posterior views

Blood supply

Intrahepatic biliary tree

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