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Right Branch of Hepatic Portal Vein
Cardiovascular System

Right Branch of Hepatic Portal Vein

Ramus dexter venae portae hepatis

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Quick Facts

Origin: One of two major branches from the hepatic portal vein.

Course: Divides into numerous branches within the right half of the liver.

Branches: Anterior and posterior branches.

Supplied Structures: Right half of the liver.

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Origin

The hepatic portal vein gives rise to a right branch near the porta hepatis of the liver.

Course

The right branch of the hepatic portal vein is shorter than the left branch, measuring about 2–3 cm long (Standring, 2016).

Branches

The right branch of the hepatic portal vein typically divides into anterior and posterior branches that will supply segments V and VIII and segments VI and VII, respectively. The anterior branch occasionally gives a branch to supply part of segment I. Generally, the branching pattern of the right branch of the hepatic portal vein is more variable than the left branch (Standring, 2016).

Supplied Structures

The right branch of the hepatic portal vein supplies nutrient-rich venous blood from the digestive tract to the right half of the liver.

List of Clinical Correlates

- Liver transplantation

- Hepatic resection

References

Standring, S. (2016) Gray's Anatomy: The Anatomical Basis of Clinical Practice. Gray's Anatomy Series 41 edn.: Elsevier Limited.

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