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Hepatocaval Ligament
Digestive System

Hepatocaval Ligament

Ligamentum hepatocavae

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The hepatocaval ligament is the ligamentous remnant of liver parenchyma that enclosed the inferior vena cava posterior to the embryonic liver.

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Key Features/Anatomical Relations

The hepatocaval ligament is found posterior to the inferior vena cava, anterior to the diaphragm, superior to the right suprarenal vein, and just to the left of the right suprarenal gland.

On the posterior surface of the inferior vena cava, it covers the inflow of the right hepatic vein. It stretches between segment VII of the right liver and segment I (or caudate lobe) of the left liver (Morjane et al., 2008).

List of Clinical Correlates

The hepatocaval ligament serves primarily as a landmark in surgical resections of the liver, particularly when the right hepatic vein must be accessed.


Morjane, A., Dahmane, R., Ravnik, D. and Hribernik, M. (2008) 'Anatomy and surgical relevance of the hepatocaval ligament. A study on cadaveric livers', Cells Tissues Organs, 187(3), pp. 243-6.

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