Journal article

The hepatic artery: a reminder of surgical anatomy

RM Jones, KJ Hardy

JOURNAL OF THE ROYAL COLLEGE OF SURGEONS OF EDINBURGH | ROYAL COLLEGE SURGEONS EDINBURGH | Published : 2001

Abstract

This study was carried out to document the anatomy of the hepatic artery with the purpose of reminding surgeons of the need for this essential knowledge in order to practice safe hepatobiliary surgery. Repeated surgical mistakes on patients referred to our unit prompted the study. One hundred and eighty consecutive livers procured for transplantation was studied, and the anatomy drawn immediately after dissection. The left hepatic artery arose from the left gastric artery in 15%, and either the splenic, gastroduodenal artery or the aorta in 4% of cases. The right hepatic artery arose from the superior mesenteric artery in 15%, the gastroduodenal, right gastric artery or aorta in 10% of cases..

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