Annals of Surgery

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doi: 10.1097/SLA.0b013e31827f171f
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Revisiting Liver Anatomy and Terminology of Hepatectomies

Bismuth, Henri MD, FACS (Hon)

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Abstract

Background: Since the development of liver surgery, several descriptions of liver anatomical division and hepatectomies have been made, causing some confusion among surgeons.

Methods: The initial anatomical description according to Couinaud is reviewed and corrected taking into account the descriptions made in the following decades.

Results: It seems that by reviewing the description of the different authors, a precise anatomical division of the liver may be achieved and a simple terminology of hepatectomies may be proposed.

Conclusions: It is hoped that the proposal of this anatomical description and this terminology of hepatectomies may find a consensus among the liver surgical community from America, Asia, and Europe.

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.

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