Splanchnic Blood Flow

  • J. Takala
Part of the Update in Intensive Care and Emergency Medicine book series (UICM, volume 28)


The hepatosplanchnic region is functionally and metabolically a very active organ system. In this chapter, the expression “splanchnic” is used interchangeably with “hepatosplanchnic”, and includes the liver and the organs drained by the portal circulation (the gut, the pancreas, and the spleen). Under normal conditions, metabolism of the splanchnic region represents roughly 20–35% of whole body energy expenditure and it receives similar fraction of whole body blood flow [1–4].


Intensive Care Patient Splanchnic Blood Flow Splanchnic Perfusion Femoral Blood Flow Splanchnic Region 
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