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The hepatic venous system collects blood brought to the liver by the hepatic artery and portal vein and transmits it to the inferior vena cava. It takes origin at the intralobular veins, which drain blood directly from the sinusoids and are located in the centrum of the lobuli (central veins). The intralobular veins enter the sublobular veins, and by progressive junction form hepatic vein branches and finally the three main hepatic veins: the right, middle and left (Fig. 1). The distribution of these main hepatic veins reflects the segmental anatomy of the liver. They are located in the intersegmental hepatic fissures and drain blood from the neighbouring segments (ELIAS etal, 1969; MICHELS, 1955).

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