Hepatic plexus

Last revised by Craig Hacking on 19 Oct 2022

The hepatic plexus (plural: plexuses) is an autonomic nerve plexus and ganglia  located in the upper abdomen. Most descriptions are of a periarterial extension of the celiac plexus along the common hepatic artery and portal vein.


  • location: the plexus and ganglia extends to the right from the celiac plexus to the porta hepatis

  • origin: same as the celiac plexus

  • branches and supply:

    • two main components related to the portal triad:

      • anterior plexus which surrounds the common hepatic artery

      • posterior plexus which surrounds the portal vein and bile ducts

    • complex network of small branches which follow the portal triad into the liver through the porta hepatis

    • supplies the liver and gallbladder

  • relations: that of the common hepatic artery and portal vein

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: abdominal sympathetic plexuses (Gray's illustrations)
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