right lobe of liver

The liver is divided into two lobes by the middle hepatic vein: the right lobe of liver and the left lobe of liver. The right lobe of liver is larger than the left lobe of liver. There are four sections of the right lobe liver. The right lobe is divided into the anterior right lobe and posterior right lobe by the right hepatic vein. It is also divided into the upper right lobe and lower right lobe by the portal vein. Each of the sections of the right lobe of liver is considered a self contained section as long as the veins, arteries, and ducts to and from the sections aren't damaged. If one of these sections is damaged, the remaining sections of the right lobe of liver continue to work and the patient usually doesn't have any negative effects; however, if the patient does experience any negative effects, short term liver dialysis may be performed. If the entire right lobe of liver is damaged or diseased, a liver transplant may be necessary.
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