Table 2013 The Hepatic Portal System continued

4. The hepatic portal vein is formed by convergence of the splenic and superior mesenteric veins. It travels about 8 cm up and to the right and then enters the inferior surface of the liver. Near this point it receives the cystic vein from the gallbladder. In the liver, the hepatic portal vein ultimately leads to the innumerable microscopic hepatic sinusoids. Blood from the sinusoids empties into the hepatic veins described earlier. Circulation within the liver is described in more detail in chapter 25.

5. The left and right gastric veins form an arch along the lesser curvature of the stomach and empty into the hepatic portal vein.

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