Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy

, Volume 41, Issue 9, pp 1093–1095 | Cite as

Anatomic variations: a rare variant of formation of the portal vein

  • Alberto Stagno
  • Carlo Saitta
  • Salvatore Silipigni
  • Francesca Catanzariti
  • Simona Caloggero
  • Antonio BottariEmail author
Anatomic Variations


The portal vein derives from the vitelline veins, a component of the extraembryonic venous system, and is normally formed by the confluence of the superior mesenteric and splenic vein. The knowledge of the anatomy of the portal vein and its abnormalities is important for interventional and surgical procedures. Variant portal architecture is a common finding during imaging studies. Ultrasonography, computed tomography and magnetic resonance are non-invasive methods for studying and understanding portal vein’s anatomy and abnormalities. We describe a rare case of variation in the formation and course of the portal vein. To the best of our knowledge, there is no evidence of this kind of abnormality in literature.


Portal vein anomalies Embryonic development Computed tomography Interventional procedures 


Author contributions

AS: manuscript writing. CS: clinical data collection and manuscript writing. SS: literature research and scheme drawing. FC: literature research. SC: management. AB: management and manuscript writing.

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Conflict of interest

None of the authors have any conflicts of interest to declare.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Biomedical and Dental Sciences and Morphofunctional ImagingUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Diagnostic Imaging and RadiotherapyUniversity Hospital “G. Martino”MessinaItaly
  3. 3.Unit of Molecular Hepatology, Department of Internal MedicineUniversity Hospital “G. Martino”MessinaItaly

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