Liver and gallbladder

by James Pickering, PhD

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    In this lecture we are going to look at the liver and gallbladder. So today we'll start off by looking at the surface anatomy, the position of the liver. And then going to explore it's gross anatomy, so we'll look at the anterior and posterior view. We will look at the lobes, fissures and the porta hepatis. We will look at the peritoneal relations and the coronary ligaments. And then look at the blood supply and venous drainage of the liver. And we will look at the functional lobes and hepatic segments towards the end. We will also look at the gallbladder, various parts of the gallbladder, its position against the liver and the biliary tree and how it connects with the pancreas and the duodenum. Now the liver is the largest gland in the body and because of that it is vitally important in maintaining the internal environment. It performs the whole number of functions including various aspects of metabolic activity importantly it stores glycogen and for digestion it produces bile. We will look at that in more detail when we look at the biliary tree and the gallbladder. So the surface anatomy of the liver. We looked at briefly when we did the surface anatomy lecture right at the very beginning of this course. So here we can see the liver is positioned within the abdomen and it is actually covered by quite of few of the ribs. We can see we have rib 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 all protecting this right lobe of the liver. And it's quite difficult to palpate the liver; because, it is actually tucked under these ribs. We can see it's existing up in the right hypochondriac region and it extends all the way across the epigastric into the left hypochondriac region....

    About the Lecture

    The lecture Liver and gallbladder by James Pickering, PhD is from the course Abdominal and Pelvic Anatomy. It contains the following chapters:

    • Surface anatomy of the liver
    • The surface features of the liver
    • The peritoneal relations of the liver
    • The gallbladder and the biliary tree
    • Blood supply of the gallbladder
    • Segments of the liver
    • Conclusion

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    1. Right hypochondrium
    2. Right lumbar
    3. Right inguinal
    1. Umbilical vein
    2. Umbilical artery
    3. Hepatic vein
    4. Hepatic portal vein
    1. Hepatic vein
    2. Hepatic portal vein
    3. Hepatic artery
    4. Bile / hepatic duct
    1. Right hepatic
    2. Left hepatic
    3. Common hepatic
    4. Gastroduodenal

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     James Pickering, PhD

    James Pickering, PhD

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