Portal and Hepatic Vein Anatomy

  • Yoji Kishi
  • Takuya Hashimoto
  • Masatoshi MakuuchiEmail author


Assessment of portal vein anatomy is mandatory to evaluate the indication or strategy of portal vein embolization. Recent advances in radiological imaging facilitate the precise assessment of intrahepatic tertiary or more peripheral tributaries of the intrahepatic vascular system. Not only the portal vein anatomy itself, but also the hepatic vein anatomy and anatomical relationship between the portal vein and hepatic vein should be accurately evaluated for the following reasons: First, sacrifice of hepatic vein tributaries may result in the congestion of large part of remnant liver after hepatic resection. Second, the intersegmental plane after major hepatectomy may not necessarily be straight but curved.


Anatomy of the liver Portal and hepatic vein anatomy Hepatic vein anatomy Portal vein embolization Radiology of portal and hepatic vein anatomy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Yoji Kishi
    • 2
  • Takuya Hashimoto
    • 3
  • Masatoshi Makuuchi
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Japanese Red Cross Medical CenterTokyoJapan
  2. 2.Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic SurgeryUniversity of TokyoTokyoJapan
  3. 3.Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic SurgeryJapanese Red Cross Medical CenterTokyoJapan

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