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1 Anatomy, Embryology, and Physiology of the Liver Dr. Nicholas Smith Liverpool Hospital 2014

2 Historical Developments “Now, why is the stomach surrounded by the liver? Is it in order that the liver may warm it and it may in turn warm the food? This is indeed the very reason why it is closely clasped by the lobes of the liver, as if by fingers." -- Galen, ca. 200 A.D.

3 1887: First liver resection performed by Carl Lengenbeck 1908: J Hogarth Pringle ‘Pringle maneovre’ 1911: Walter Wendell Right Hemihepatectomy 1952: Jean Louis Lortat-Jacob Extended Right Hemihepatectomy World War I and II “At present, liver resections are based upon the precise knowledge of the natural lines of division of the liver which define the anatomical surgery of the liver” Henri Bismuth

4 Ton That Tung 1936 Claude Couinaud 1957 Le Foie: Études anatomiques et chirurgicales (The Liver: Anatomic and Surgical Studies 1957)-Claude Couinaud (1922–2008)

5 Anatomy of the Liver - Largest gland in the body 1500g -Lies in the RUQ under the rib cage -Right border: 5 th rib-ribs 7-11 right midaxillary line -Left border: left 5 th intercostal space 8cm from midline -Inferior border along the right costal margin and crosses the midline between the costal margins beneath the xiphisternum

6 2 surfaces Superior/diaphragmatic: convex, moulded to shape beneath diaphragm, subphrenic space usually potential Inferior/visceral surface: contains the hilum/porta hepatis, GB fossa, contact impregnations with esophagus/duodenum/right colon/right kidney/right adrenal gland Suphepatic space/Morrison’s pouch

7 Falciform ligament- -Inferior edge contains ligamentum teres and remains of left umbilical vein -Connects abdominal wall to the liver from umbilicus to liver surface -Continues posteriorly as ligamentum venosum -Contained in umbilical fissure and fissure for ligamentum venosum

8 Glisson’s capsule Ligaments: Falciform ligamant  splits at umbilical fissure to upper leaf of right coronary ligament and left triangular ligament Right apex of the upper leaf of the right coronary ligament is the right triangular ligament  continues medially as the lower leaf the right coronary ligament Bare area between upper and lower leafs of right coronary ligament contains IVC and is in contact with diaphragm

9 Continues to the left at ligamentum venosum Forms posterior layer of lesser omentum at porta hepatis Anterior layer of lesser omentum returns and completes liver circle at left triangular ligament Lesser omentum= hepatoduodenal and hepatogastric ligaments

10 Ligaments help stabilize the liver, but there division at surgery for mobilization does not allow liver to be displaced Liver is held in place by hepatic vein connections to IVC


12 Liver is morphologically divided into a large right lobe and a smaller left lobe by the falciform ligament Viewed from the inferior side an ‘H’ is formed: -Right anterior limb=GB -Right posterior limb=IVC -Left anterior limb=falciform ligament -Left posterior limb=ligamentum venosum

13 Between the right anterior and posterior lobes is the quadrate lobe Between the left anterior and posterior lobes is the caudate lobe



16 Cournaud in 1957 proved the liver was divided by its arterial/portal venous/biliary ductal system into functional right and left lobes Increased anatomical knowledge allowed for precise resectional surgery on the liver

17 Plane of division lies along Cantlie’s line GB fossa anteriorly to IVC posteriorly Quadrate lobe becomes part of left hemiliver instead of right hemiliver Each lobe of liver divided into 2 sectors Right hemiliver divided into right anterior sector and right posterior sector Left hemiliver divided into left lateral sector and left medial sector

18 Vertical division of sectors by fissures which contain the hepatic veins Segment I is autonomous, posterior, receives supply from right and left hepatic arteries, right and left hepatic ducts, and has its own venous drainage to IVC Segment II (left lateral sector) Left fissure containing left hepatic vein seperates segment II from segments III(left lateral sector)

19 Falciform ligament and umbilical fissure separate segments III from segment IV (left medial sector) Segment IV (quadrate lobe) divided superiorly segment IVa and inferiorly segment IVb (note Japanese use different classification) Median fissure divides right and left hemilivers (segment IV from segments V and VIII-left anterior sector) Median fissure contains middle hepatic vein

20 Horizontal plane of right portal vein divides left anterior and posterior sectors into respective superior and inferior segments-total 4 Right fissure divides segments V and VIII (right anterior sector) from segmens VI and VII (right posterior sector) Right fissure contains right heptic vein

21 Total of 8 segments 4 in each hemiliver With exception of caudate lobe (segment I) each liver independently receives its own arterial/portal venous/biliary supply without mixing Venous drainage shows a degree of mixing of both halves of the liver due middle hepatic vein





26 Portal triad -Hepatic artery, portal vein, hepatic (biliary) duct -Enters the liver at the edge of lesser omentum and into the porta hepatis -Hepatic artery is anteromedial, hepatic duct is anterlateral, portal vein is posterior -Pringle maneovre

27 At porta hepatic the portal triad divides into right and left Further sectoral divisions Further segmental divisions

28 Hepatic artery: -Coeliac artery  common hepatic artery  hepatic artery proper  right and left hepatic arteries -Supplies 30% of hepatic blood supply -Oxygenated blood systemic circulation -Cystic artery to GB comes off right hepatic artery

29 Portal vein -Formed by the confluence of the SMV and the splenic vein behind the neck of the pancreas -Ascends in the porta hepatic and divides into right and left branches -Carries nutrient-rich venous blood from the portal circulation of the gut

30 Hepatic ducts -Travel in opposite direction to hepatic artery and portal vein -Segmental ducts  sectoral ducts  right and left hepatic ducts  common hepatic duct, joined by cystic duct  common bile duct  enters posteromedially into second portion of duodenum and joined by main pancreatic duct system -Carries bile to GB and duodenum

31 Hepatic veins 3 of them drain into IVC Segment I has own venous drainage Short extrehepatic course to IVC Left and middle hepatic veins coalesce in 20% of cases Possible accessory hepatic veins, esp. right draining veins


33 Aberrant anatomy Definitions replaced vs. accessory 25% people have an aberrant anatomy

34 Aberrant Right Hepatic Artery Arises from SMA, runs left to right along posterior border of bile duct May supply a segment, section, (R) hemiliver or the whole liver Significance = Division during biliary surgery  Devascularisation liver May also occur as an accessory (R) HA (ie normal R.HA also present) Aberrant Left Hepatic Artery Arises from the Left Gastric Artery & passes in lesser omentum to liver May supply a segment, section, (R) hemiliver or the whole liver Significance: Division of L. Gastric Artery during gastrectomy  Devasc. May also occur as an accessory (L) HA (ie normal L.HA also present) Aberrant Hepatic Artery Arises directly from aorta

35 Aberrant Right Hepatic Artery (5) CHA - 75% SMA – 15% Gastroduodenal – 6% R. Gastric – 3% Aorta 1% When not arising from CHA, arises from aorta or it’s right-sided branches Aberrant Left hepatic Artery (5) CHA – 80% L. Gastric - 15% Gastroduodenal – 2% Splenic – 2% Aorta – 1% When not arising from CHA, arises from aorta ot it’s left-sided branches

36 Aberrant biliary anatomy RP and RA from common R 57% · RP from bifurcation 16% · RA from bifurcation 12% · RP from LH 5% · RA from LH 4% · Absent LH 3% · RP from cystic 2%


38 Lymphatic drainage of the liver 1/3-1/2 of total lymph is produced in the liver Kupffer cells Liver  periportal lymph nodes  perihepatic artery  retroduodenal lymph nodes  coeliac nodes Bare area nodes drain into diaphragmatic nodes  posterior mediastinal lymph nodes

39 Radiological sectioning of the liver Remember that Cournaud used the caudad view as his reference, and the segments are numbered counterclockwise around the IVC as the arrondisements of Paris

40 Nervous supply: -Symphathetic autonomic supply via coeliac nerves -Parasympathetic autonomic supply via anterior (hepatic) branch of left (anterior) Vagas nerve



43 Surgical Nomenclature

44 Right lobectomy: from between falciform ligament and GB to the right, taking GB, preserving right hepatic vein +- middle hepatic vein Right extended lobectomy (right trisegmentectomy): above and segment IV Left lobectomy: left lobe +- GB with preservation of right hepatic vein +- middle hepatic vein

45 IHPBA 2000 Brisbane Terminology Hemihepatectomies, sectionectomies, segmentectomies




49 Embryology of the liver Ventral outgrowth of the foregut at 3/40 gestation forms the hepatic diverticulum Cranial part becomes the septum transversum The cranial part of septum transversum becomes peritoneal/pericardial division and diaphragm Caudal part of septum transversum becomes ventral mesogastrium

50 Liver parenchyma develops from ventral mesogastrium Vitilline veins invade from septum transversum forming anastomoses-eventually forming hepatic veins Proliferating hepatocytes from ventral mesogastrium invaded by sinusoidal vessels draining into vitilline veins

51 Original hepatic diverticular endoderm forms biliary ductal system Blind diverticulum of the ductal system becomes the cystic duct and GB In utero, maternal blood from the left umbilical vein in the ligamentes teres bypasses the liver by passing to the hepatic vein/IVC through the ductus venosus At birth, the ductus venosis becomes the ligamentum venosus

52 Histology of Hepatocytes



55 Physiology of the Liver Huge topic! Carbohydrate metabolism: -Glycogenesis (glucose under action of glucokinase converted to glucose-6-phosphate)  glycogen synthase  glycogen (augmented by actions of insulin) -Glycogenoylsis: glycogen converted to ready glucose via glycogen phosphorylase and augmented by glucagon

56 -gluconeogenesis: conversion of lactate, glycerol, amino acids into glucose

57 Protein and amino acid synthesis, regulation, destruction

58 Lipid Metabolism -Cholesterol synthesis from Acetyl CoA via HMG-CoA Reductase -Lipogenesis (production of TAG) -Production of lipoproteins

59 Formation of Bile -breakdown of heme to biliverdin to bilirubin -conjugated with glucuronic acid by UDP- glucuryltransferase -formation of bile salts from cholesterol -secretion of bile along bile caniliculi to hepatic ducts (Note that cholestasis injures zone I, bile caniliculi lined by ALP), hence increase ALP

60 Production of ALL coagulation factors, protein C, protein S, antithrombin III Until week 32 gestation, main organ of hematopoisis Insulin-like growth factor I Thrombopoitin

61 Detoxification, first pass metabolism, breakdown of drugs, toxins, hormones in the smooth endoplasmic reticulum Urea cycle Storage of vitamins and other minerals Production of albumin Production of hormone binding proteins Production of angiotensinogen


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