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Define hepatic portal circulation?

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12/07/2007

Hepatic Portal Circulation The veins of the hepatic portal circulation drain the digestive organs, spleen, and pancreas and deliver the blood to the liver via hepatic portal vein. As blood percolates through the liver, some of the nutrients are stored or processed in various ways for release to the general circulation. The liver in turn is drained by the hepatic veins that enter the inferior vena cava. The inferior mesenteric vein, draining the distal part of the large intestine, joins the splenic vein, which drains the spleen, pancreas and stomach. The splenic vein and the superior meseteric vein, which drains the small intestine and the proximal colon, unite to form the hepatic portal vein. The left gastric vein, which drains the lesser curvature of the stomach, drains directly into the hepatic portal vein. Hepatic Portal Circulation The veins of the hepatic portal circulation drain the digestive organs, spleen, and pancreas and deliver the blood to the liver via hepatic portal vein. As blood percolates through the liver, some of the nutrients are stored or processed in various ways for release to the general circulation. The liver in turn is drained by the hepatic veins that enter the inferior vena cava. The inferior mesenteric vein, draining the distal part of the large intestine, joins the splenic vein, which drains the spleen, pancreas and stomach. The splenic vein and the superior meseteric vein, which drains the small intestine and the proximal colon, unite to form the hepatic portal vein. The left gastric vein, which drains the lesser curvature of the stomach, drains directly into the hepatic portal vein.