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Branch of Hepatic Portal Vein

Medically reviewed by: Stephanie Curreli, MD, PhD
Last Updated: Jun 11, 2015

The hepatic portal vein has a number of branches. It carries blood from networks in the stomach, intestines, pancreas, and spleen to the liver. There, the vein branches out similar to an artery and the blood enters capillary-like hepatic sinusoids. After passing through the portal veins of the liver, blood is carried through a series of merging vessels into the hepatic veins. These empty into the inferior Continue Scrolling To Read More Below...

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