Variant Anatomy of the Hepatic Vasculature: Importance in Hepatobiliary Resections AD01-AD03
Dr. Sandeep Saluja,
Flat No. KM00030806, KM-03, Kosmos, Jaypee Greens Wish Town, Sector-134, Noida-201304, Uttar Pradesh, India.
A variant anatomy of the hepatic vasculature has a clinically significant role in hepatobiliary transplantation, resection, tumour embolisation as well as in extrahepatic abdominal surgeries involving the stomach, pancreas or gall bladder. During routine cadaveric dissection, we observed a case of unusually small calibre hepatic artery proper. An accessory hepatic artery was seen emerging from the superior mesenteric artery to the right hepatic lobe along with an accessory hepatic vein from the right hepatic lobe that drained directly into the inferior vena cava. Such accessory hepatic vessels complicate and necessitate an alteration of surgical methodology during resection of hepatic lobes. Preoperative knowledge of variant hepatic vasculature is crucial for minimising the iatrogenic injury and facilitating successful abdominal surgeries.