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Caudate Branches of Hepatic Portal Vein
Cardiovascular System

Caudate Branches of Hepatic Portal Vein

Rami lobi caudati venae portae hepatis

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Quick Facts

Origin: Typically originates from the right branch of the hepatic portal vein.

Course: Travels into the caudate lobe of the liver.

Branches: None.

Supplied Structures: Segment I of the liver.

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Origin

The caudate branches of the hepatic portal vein typically originate from the right branch of the hepatic portal vein, though it may have branches from both the left and right branch of the hepatic portal vein.

Course

There are numerous caudate branches of the hepatic portal vein that originate predominately from the right branch of the hepatic portal vein. There may be, on average, more than four caudate branches (Kumon, 2017). Upon entering the caudate lobe, these branches continue to branch into smaller venous branches, which ultimately terminate as portal venules. These portal venules drain into the hepatic sinusoids.

Branches

There are no named branches.

Supplied Structures

The caudate branches supply nutrient-rich venous blood from the digestive tract to segment I of the liver.

List of Clinical Correlates

- Hepatic resection

References

Kumon, M. (2017) 'Anatomical Study of the Caudate Lobe with Special Reference to Portal Venous and Biliary Branches Using Corrosion Liver Casts and Clinical Application', Liver Cancer, 6(2), pp. 161-170.

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