Hepatic vein

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Hepatic vein
Posterior abdominal wall, after removal of the peritoneum, showing kidneys, suprarenal capsules, and great vessels. (Hepatic veins labeled at center top.)
Superior vena cava, inferior vena cava (IVC), azygos vein and their tributaries. The hepatic veins are seen on the superior portion of the IVC, shortly before it flows into the right atrium, which is not shown.
Latin venae hepaticae
Precursor vitelline veins
Drains to
inferior vena cava
Hepatic artery
Gray's p.680
TA A12.3.09.005
FMA 14337 70905, 14337
Anatomical terminology
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 arise from the substance of the liver, more specifically the central vein of the liver lobule. None of the hepatic veins have valves.


They can be differentiated into two groups, the upper group and lower group.


Occlusion of the hepatic veins is known as Budd-Chiari syndrome.

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