Liver resection and anaesthesia

  • L Gilliland University of the Witwatersrand


The liver is a truly unique organ due to the fact that after tissue resection, hepatocytes can replicate within 24 hours. The dual blood supply adds to this uniqueness in that 25% of the average adult cardiac output oxygenates the liver via the hepatic artery and portal vein.1 Knowledge of these physiological traits has significantly reduced operative risks during liver resections.2

Author Biography

L Gilliland, University of the Witwatersrand
Department of Anaesthesia Chris Hani Baragwanath Academic Hospital University of the Witwatersrand
FCA Refresher Course