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IJHSR. 2015; 5(6): 236-240

Surface Variations of Caudate Lobe and Its Clinical Implications.

Joseph Abraham, Amrutha K V, Urmeese Biju Palatty.

Introduction: The aim is to analyze the new anatomical variant of caudate lobe.
Materials and methods: 59 formalin fixed livers were collected from Department of Anatomy, Cochin, Kerala, India. Size, shape, accessory fissures, caudate process and papillary process of caudate lobe were noted.
Results: Rectangular shaped caudate lobe in 57.6 % (photo 1), bicornuate in 12% (photo2), pyriform in 18.6% (photo 3), inverted pyriform in 3.4%(photo 4), globular(photo 5) or heart shaped (photo 6) in remaining 10.2%. Vertical fissure extending upwards (photo 7) from lower boarder of caudate lobe was seen in 5.1%.Prominent papillary process (photo 8) was found on 3.4% cases. Oblique fissure on caudate lobe of the liver (photo 9) were found.
Conclusion: The findings of our study may be helpful for surgeons and radiologist to avoid possible errors in interpretations and subsequent misdiagnosis, and to assist in planning appropriate surgical approaches.

Key words: accessory fissures(AF),caudate lobe(CL), caudate process(CP), gall bladder(GB), inferior venecava (IVC), left lobe(LL), papillary process(PP), quadrate lobe(QL), right lobe(RL).

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