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Posterior Branch of Right Hepatic Duct
Digestive System

Posterior Branch of Right Hepatic Duct

Ramus posterior ductus hepatici dextri

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Structure/Morphology

The right hepatic duct is formed by the merging of anterior and posterior branches and carries bile from the right liver.

Right segmental ducts that receive bile from segments VI and VII unite to form the posterior (lateral) branch of the right hepatic duct.

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Key Features/Anatomical Relations

Once the hepatic branches merge, the right hepatic duct becomes extrahepatic and runs vertically just 1–2 cm on the right side of the porta hepatis. It ends in the porta hepatis where it merges with the left hepatic duct to form the common hepatic duct (Standring, 2016).

Function

The posterior branch of the right hepatic duct transmits bile from segments VI and VII of the right liver to the right hepatic duct and on to the common hepatic duct.

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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Common Hepatic Duct

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The CHD courses ventrally and inferiorly from the porta hepatis in the hepatoduodenal ligament accompanied by the portal vein, which lies posteriorly, and the hepatic artery, which lies medially.

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