Hepatogastric ligament

Last revised by Travis Fahrenhorst-Jones on 1 Jul 2021

The hepatogastric (gastrohepatic) ligament is a peritoneal ligament that together with the hepatoduodenal ligament forms the lesser omentum. It derives from the embryonic ventral mesentery.

Gross anatomy

The hepatogastric ligament extends from the fissure of the ligamentum venosum and porta hepatis to the lesser curvature of the stomach

It is formed by two layers of peritoneum separated by a variable amount of connective tissue, principally fat. 


Clinical importance

The gastrohepatic ligament acts as an important route of gastric neoplasm spread to the hilum of the liver with gastric perforation in addition also possibly extending within the fold 4


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