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Plate 10.214 Liver: Portal Canal

Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., Adel K. Afifi, M.D., Paul M. Heidger, Jr., Ph.D.
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Portal canal

Plate 10.214 Liver: Portal Canal

Human, 10% formalin, H. & E., 162 x.


The portal canals are located at the periphery of the hepatic lobule and contain the triad composed of branches of the hepatic artery, a thin-walled portal vein, and a bile duct. A small lymphatic vessel is usually found in addition. The portal canal is surrounded by Glisson's* capsule, composed of dense collagenous fibers. The bile duct is lined with cuboidal or low columnar epithelium.

*Glisson was a seventeenth -century English physician, anatomist, and pathologist.

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