August 2012

A Handy Tool to Teach Segmental Liver Anatomy to Surgical Trainees

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Surgery, Penn State Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, Pennsylvania (Drs Pauli and Staveley-O'Carroll), and Department of Surgery, The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Drs Brock and D. T. Efron) and Department of Surgery, Sinai Hospital of Baltimore (Dr G. Efron), Baltimore, Maryland.

Arch Surg. 2012;147(8):692-693. doi:10.1001/archsurg.2012.689

Sound knowledge of hepatic anatomy is a prerequisite for anatomical surgery of the liver.1 In an era in which new technology and new techniques have increased the indications for hepatic surgery and improved the mortality rates after such procedures,2 this statement rings more true now than ever. With hepatic resections being performed more frequently worldwide, more surgical trainees are exposed to these operative procedures.3 Therefore, there is a greater call for understanding functional hepatic anatomy4; a surgeon's knowledge of hepatic anatomy commonly determines a patient's outcome.5

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