Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy

, Volume 41, Issue 9, pp 1087–1092 | Cite as

Rare anatomic variations of the right hepatic biliary system

  • Shallu Garg
  • Hemanth Kumar
  • Daisy SahniEmail author
  • T. D. Yadav
  • Anjali Aggarwal
  • Tulika Gupta
Anatomic Variations



To report rare and clinically significant anatomic variations in the biliary drainage of right hepatic lobe.


Unique variations in the extra- and intrahepatic biliary drainage of right hepatic lobe were observed in 6 cadaveric livers during dissection on 100 formalin-fixed en bloc cadaveric livers.


There was presence of aberrant drainage of right segmental and sectorial ducts in four cases and of accessory right posterior sectorial duct in two cases.


We encountered some extensively complicated biliary drainage of right hepatic lobe, unsuccessful recognition of which can lead to serious biliary complications during hepatobiliary surgeries and biliary interventions.


Hepatic ducts Biliary anatomy Liver anatomy Hepatobiliary surgery 



This research was funded by the Indian Council of Medical Research (Grant No. 51/2/2010-Ana/BMS), New Delhi, India. The authors thank Mr. Dharamjit Singh, Senior Artist, for the artwork. We also wish to thank all the donors of the cadavers used for the present study.

Author’s contribution

SG: Data collection, data analysis, manuscript writing; KHK: data collection, data analysis, manuscript editing; DS: project development, manuscript editing; TDY: project development, manuscript editing; AA: data analysis, manuscript writing; TG: manuscript editing.


Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), New Delhi, India.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shallu Garg
    • 1
  • Hemanth Kumar
    • 2
  • Daisy Sahni
    • 1
    Email author
  • T. D. Yadav
    • 2
  • Anjali Aggarwal
    • 1
  • Tulika Gupta
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of AnatomyPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia
  2. 2.Department of General SurgeryPostgraduate Institute of Medical Education and ResearchChandigarhIndia

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