Intrahepatic bile ducts
Left and right hepatic ducts
Common hepatic duct
Common bile duct
Ampulla of Vater
Major duodenal papilla
Accessory pancreatic duct
20–21: Right and left
The anterior border of the liver is lifted upwards (brown arrow). Gallbladder with Longitudinal section, pancreas and duodenum with frontal one. Intrahepatic ducts and stomach in transparency.
common hepatic duct is the duct formed by the convergence of the right hepatic duct (which drains bile from the right functional lobe of the liver) and the left hepatic duct (which drains bile from the left functional lobe of the liver). The common hepatic duct then joins the cystic duct coming from the gallbladder to form the common bile duct. The duct is usually 6–8 cm length and 6mm in diameter in adults. [1 ]
Clinical significance [ edit ]
The hepatic duct is part of the
biliary tract that transports secretions from the liver into the intestines. It carries more volume in people who have had their gallbladder removed.
It is an important anatomic landmark during surgeries such as
gall bladder removal. It forms one edge of Calot's triangle, along with the cystic duct and the cystic artery. All constituents of this triangle must be identified to avoid cutting or clipping the wrong structure.
Additional images [ edit ]
The portal vein and its tributaries.
The gall-bladder and bile ducts laid open.
References [ edit ]
^ Gray's Anatomy, 39th ed, p. 1228
External links [ edit ]