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Right Hepatic Vein
Cardiovascular System

Right Hepatic Vein

Vena hepatica dextra

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Quick Facts

Origin: Within the right portion of the liver.

Course: Runs posterosuperior through the right half of the liver to drain directly into the inferior vena cava.

Tributaries: None.

Drainage: Right portion of the liver.

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Origin

The right hepatic vein originates within the right portion of the liver, between the medial and lateral sectors.

Course

The right hepatic vein travels posterosuperior through the right portal fissure of the liver to drain directly into the inferior vena cava near the caudate lobe of the liver (Standring, 2016).

Tributaries

There are no named tributaries.

Structures Drained

The right hepatic vein drains the entirety of segments VI and VII and a portion of segments V and VIII, depending on the drainage that passes into the middle hepatic vein (Tani et al., 2016).

List of Clinical Correlates

- Liver transplantation

- Hepatic resections

References

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

Tani, K., Shindoh, J., Akamatsu, N., Arita, J., Kaneko, J., Sakamoto, Y., Hasegawa, K. and Kokudo, N. (2016) 'Venous drainage map of the liver for complex hepatobiliary surgery and liver transplantation', HPB (Oxford), 18(12), pp. 1031-1038.

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The right hepatic vein drains directly into the inferior vena cava (IVC), while the left and middle hepatic veins usually merge before draining into the IVC via a common trunk.

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