Porta hepatis - Definition
It is a short, deep groove or fissure that runs in a traverse manner across the lower left section of the right liver lobe. It is also known by the name “Transverse fissure of the liver.”
Porta hepatis - Anatomy
Around 5 cm long, the groove is nearly attached at right angles to the left sagittal fossa.
Porta hepatis - Location
It is located close to the posterior surface of the right liver lobe.
Porta hepatis - Function
It functions as an entry as well as an exit point for a number of vessels, nerves and ducts. The common hepatic duct exits it while the hepatic artery proper and the hepatic portal vein enter it. This fissure is a gateway to the liver for the hepatic portal system. It also transfers nerves and lymphatics.
Porta hepatis - Pictures
The images here would let you know how this groove appears to view.
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