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Functional anatomy and blood supply of the liver

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Jane Metcalf


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The liver is the second largest organ in the human body. Traditionally, the anatomy of the liver has been described on the basis of its external appearance/gross anatomy. However, with the increase in surgical procedures, for example resection and transplant, the need for a more functional description of the liver based on its vascular and biliary architecture evolved. Different models of functional anatomy of the liver have been described in the literature in the past, but Couinaud's model of functional anatomy of the liver is the most popular. The liver has dual vascular supply, with most of its supply coming from the portal vein and the remainder through the hepatic artery. In this article, we outline the functional anatomy of the liver along with its blood supply. © 2009.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mitra V, Metcalf J

Publication type: Review

Publication status: Published

Journal: Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Medicine

Year: 2009

Volume: 10

Issue: 7

Pages: 332-333

ISSN (print): 1472-0299

ISSN (electronic): 1878-7584


DOI: 10.1016/j.mpaic.2009.03.012