Posterior abdominal wall, after removal of the peritoneum, showing kidneys, suprarenal capsules, and great vessels. (Hepatic veins labeled at center top.)
|inferior vena cava|
- This page refers to the veins that drain deoxygenated blood from the liver. For the vein that drains nutrient-rich blood from the GI tract and the spleen into the liver, see hepatic portal vein.
In human anatomy, the hepatic veins are the blood vessels that drain de-oxygenated blood from the liver and blood cleaned by the liver (from the stomach, pancreas, small intestine and colon) into the inferior vena cava.
They can be differentiated into two groups, the upper group and lower group.
- The upper group typically arises from the posterior aspect of the liver, are three in number, and drain the quadrate lobe and left lobe.
- The lower group arise from the right lobe and caudate lobe, are variable in number, and are typically smaller than those in the upper group.
- Hepatic Histology: The Lobule - Describes the liver lobule and central vein.
- Hepatic veins - definition - medterms.com
- Hepatic+veins at eMedicine Dictionary
Images of the hepatic veins