Surgical Endoscopy

, Volume 10, Issue 11, pp 1095–1096

Confluence of the right adrenal vein with the accessory right hepatic veins

A potential hazard in laparoscopic right adrenalectomy
  • D. C.  MacGillivray
  • K.  Khwaja
  • S. J.  Shickman
Article

DOI: 10.1007/s004649900248

Cite this article as:
MacGillivray, D., Khwaja, K. & Shickman, S. Surg Endosc (1996) 10: 1095. doi:10.1007/s004649900248

Abstract.

Confluent drainage of the right adrenal vein and large accessory right hepatic veins was encountered during a laparoscopic right adrenalectomy. In a review of previous reports of laparoscopic adrenalectomies we found no mention of this finding. However, an anatomic study reported that the right adrenal vein joins with an accessory right hepatic vein in as many as 22% of individuals. A complete understanding of the anatomic variations in the drainage of the right adrenal vein is required for the safe performance of laparoscopic right adrenalectomy.

Key words: Laparoscopy — Right adrenalectomy — Right adrenal vein — Accessory right hepatic veins

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1996

Authors and Affiliations

  • D. C.  MacGillivray
    • 1
  • K.  Khwaja
    • 1
  • S. J.  Shickman
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Surgery, University of Connecticut Health Center, 263 Farmington Avenue, Farmington, CT 06030-2803, USAUS