Patterns of Spread of Disease from the Liver

  • Morton A. Meyers
  • Chusilp Charnsangavej
  • Michael Oliphant


In order to understand how disease in the liver spreads to other organs or regions, it is important to review the organ’s embryologic development and the ligaments suspending it in the upper abdomen. In this chapter, we describe the embryologic development and anatomy of the hepatic ligaments with their anatomic landmarks and illuminate the various pathways of disease spread based on this anatomic concept.


Bile Duct Inferior Vena Cava Tumor Thrombus Anterior Abdominal Wall Hilar Cholangiocarcinoma 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Morton A. Meyers
    • 1
  • Chusilp Charnsangavej
    • 2
  • Michael Oliphant
    • 3
  1. 1.State University of New YorkStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyWake Forest University, School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA

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