Salivary Glands PancreasEsophagus LiverGallbladder Ascending Colon
Ileum Rectum AppendixPancreasStomach Transverse ColonDescending Colon Cecum Parotid Gland Sublingual Gland
Submandibular Gland Coronary LigamentCystic Duct DuodenumFalciform Ligament Pons
Gallbladder Hepatic Duct Pancreatic Duct Common Bile Duct Parotid Gland Sublingual GlandSubmandibular Gland
Left Hepatic Duct
STRUCTURE AND POSITION
- Left Hepatic Duct is few centimeters long and branches on its sides in every segment.
- Left Hepatic Duct’s length depends upon the size of the quadrate lobe of liver.
- Left Hepatic Duct is present beneath the liver. It enters the liver through a fissure called umbilical fissure.
- Left Hepatic Duct is present posterior to Portal Vein’s left branch.
- Superiorly Left Hepatic Duct is covered by liver.
- Posteriorly Inferior Vena Cava is present.
- Inferiorly it joins Right Hepatic Duct from right side ( in 60% ) or joins Right Anterior and Posterior Sectoral Ducts separately ( in 40% ), to form Common Hepatic Duct.
FUNCTION AND CLINICAL SIGNIFICANCE
- Left Hepatic Duct carries bile (liver secretions) from quadrate lobe of liver to Common Hepatic Duct. Through it bile goes to Common Bile Duct and then reaches Small Intestine.
- Left Hepatic Duct is clinically important because care must be taken in surgery of Gallbladder removal, to protect it from being cut.
- After Gallbladder removal Left Hepatic Duct carries increased amount of secretions.