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ISRN Anatomy
Volume 2013, Article ID 689564, 6 pages
Research Article

A New Insight into the Morphology of the Human Liver: A Cadaveric Study

1Maharajah’s Institute of Medical Sciences, Nellimarla, Vizianagaram District, Andhra Pradesh 535217, India
2Narayana Medical College, Chintareddy Palem, Nellore, Andhra Pradesh 524003, India

Received 3 October 2013; Accepted 12 November 2013

Academic Editors: C. Casteleyn, M. C. Killingsworth, and M. Nakamura

Copyright © 2013 Sunitha Vinnakota and Neelee Jayasree. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Background. Day to day advances in the fields of radiology like sonography and CT need to revive interest in the cadaveric study of morphological features of liver, as the accessory fissures are a potential source of diagnostic errors. Accessory fissures vary from single to multiple over different parts of the liver. Aim. In the present study the morphological features of human liver specimens were evaluated by macroscopic examination and morphometric analysis. Methods. The study was conducted on 58 specimens obtained from cadavers utilized for routine dissection for medical undergraduates from the year 2004 to 2012 in the Anatomy Department of MIMS Medical College. Results. In the present study the livers as described in the established anatomical literature with normal surfaces, fissures, and borders were considered normal. Out of the 58 specimens, 24 were normal without any accessory fissures or lobes and with normal contours. Two specimens were with hypoplastic left lobes. Lingular process of left lobe was observed in only one specimen. Conclusions. Knowledge of the various accessory fissures of liver prevents misdiagnosis of cystic lesions or any pathological lesions of the liver.