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Peritoneal Ligaments of Liver
Digestive System

Peritoneal Ligaments of Liver

Ligamenta peritonealia hepatis

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Key Features/Anatomical Relations

The liver has numerous peritoneal attachments due to its close proximity to foregut organs (stomach and duodenum) and the diaphragm, as well as its important role in fetal circulation (round ligament of the liver and ligamentum venosum).

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The peritoneal attachments to the liver provide the majority of anchoring support to hold the heaviest abdominal organ. The ligaments have various levels of stabilization for the liver, with the coronary and triangular ligaments providing the primary support, and the falciform ligament as a tertiary support (Standring, 2016). The remaining ligaments provide minimal stabilization support and principally serve as conduits for neurovasculature structures, either throughout life or during development.

List of Clinical Correlates

- Liver transplant

- Blunt abdominal trauma


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

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