Other Known Aliases – None
Definition – Outer capsule of connective fibrous tissue, surrounding the liver, the intrahepatic branches of the portal vein, hepatic arteries, and bile duct
Clinical Significance – The is a structure that must be dissected while operating on the liver. In trauma, you can have subcapsular hematomas from hemorrhage that are contained by Glisson’s capsule.
History – Named after Francis Glisson (1597-1667), who was an English physician, anatomist, and pathologist. His work on the liver in the late 1600s produced the foremost textbook on the digestive system, The Anatomia Hepatis, where he first described the covering of the liver in detail.
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