Kogure K, Ishizaki M, Nemoto M, et al. A comparative study of the anatomy of rat and human livers

First Department of Surgery, Gunma University School of Medicine, 3-39-15 Showamachi Maebashi 371-8511, Japan.
Journal of Hepato-Biliary-Pancreatic Surgery (Impact Factor: 1.6). 02/1999; 6(2):171-5. DOI: 10.1007/s005340050101
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To compare the fundamental structure of the human liver, in relation to that of the rat a comparative study was performed, in which 20 rat livers and 78 human cadaver livers were examined. The rat livers had four lobes (left, middle, right, and caudate). The left and middle lobes formed a single lobe but the middle lobe had a deep notch to which the round ligament attached. The right lobe was split into two sub-lobes and the caudate lobe was divided into the paracaval portion and the Spiegel lobe, which was split into two sub-lobes. The left, right, and caudate lobes had one primary portal branch, whereas the middle lobe had two portal branches. The left and the right sub- and caudate lobes had one large hepatic vein each, whereas three large hepatic veins were observed in the middle lobe. Based on the ramifying patterns of the portal and hepatic veins, the rat middle lobe possessed left and right hepatic components and a main portal fissure. The following rat hepatic lobes were equivalent to the following human liver segments: the left lobe to segment II; the middle lobe to segments III, IV, V, and VIII; and the right lobe to segments VI and VII. The fundamental structures of rat and human livers were similar, and the findings demonstrated a new interpretation of the anatomy of the human liver.

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    • "For example, while the left liver lobe (according to the NAV) was correctly divided into the left lateral and left medial liver lobe by Popesko et al. [27], other authors divided the left liver lobe into the left lateral lobe and the left part of the medial lobe [24], [25], [28], [30]. Likewise, the lobes of the right side of the murine liver have been found to be accompanied by different adjectives including “posterior”, “anterior“, “inferior“, “superior”, “upper” and “lower” by different authors [9], [24], [28], [30], [35], [37], [38], again creating confusion. "
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