Hepatic artery proper

Dr Craig Hacking and Balaji Vasu et al.

The hepatic artery proper or the proper hepatic artery arises from the common hepatic artery as it divides into its two terminal branches, the hepatic artery proper and the gastroduodenal artery

Gross anatomy


The hepatic artery proper runs to the right anterior to the portal vein and to the left of the common bile duct to form the portal triad. These three structures maintain this position while lying in hepatoduodenal ligament between the duodenum and the porta hepatis, enveloped in peritoneum in the free edge of the lesser sac 1. It then terminates by bifurcating into the right and left hepatic arteries before entering the porta hepatis of the liver.


Variant anatomy

See main article: variant hepatic arterial anatomy

Anatomy: Abdominopelvic
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Article information

rID: 27153
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Proper hepatic artery

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