Cantlie's line

Cantlie's line is a vertical plane that divides the liver into left and right lobes creating the principal plane used for hepatectomy. It extends from the inferior vena cava posteriorly to the middle of the gallbladder fossa anteriorly.

It contains the middle hepatic vein which divides the liver into left and right lobes according to Couinaud's functional segmentation of liver.

Segments II, III, IVa and IVb are on the left of the plane and segments V, VI, VII and VIII are on the right.

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rID: 28133
Section: Gamuts, Anatomy
Tag: pm
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