QS Study

The liver is the largest solid organ and the largest gland in the human body. It is located below the diaphragm in the right upper quadrant of the abdominal cavity. It is a metabolically active organ accountable for many vital life functions. It carries out over 500 essential tasks.

The bare areas of the liver – The bare area of the liver is a large triangular area on the diaphragmatic surface of the liver, devoid of peritoneal covering.

(1) The Bare area.

(2) Groove for inferior vena cava.

(3) Fossa for gallbladder.

(4) A small bare area on the upper surface of the liver.

(5) Along the attachment of falciform, coronary, right and left triangular ligament.

(6) Fissure for ligamentum teres.

(7) Porta hepatis.

Clinical significance

The bare area of the liver is clinically important because of the portacaval anastomosis and it represents a site where infection can spread from the abdominal cavity to the thoracic cavity.