The Revision Guide for Student Nurses (Part I)

The Hepatic Portal System


  1. Which system of the body is the hepatic system a part of?
  2. The hepatic portal system is said to be within the systemic circulation. What is meant by this?
  3. What is the function of the hepatic portal system?
  4. Name the 3 blood vessels that enter or leave the liver.
  5. How does the hepatic portal system differ from the normal rule of circulation that states blood passes from the heart through arteries to a capillary bed and then returns to the heart via veins?
  6. Briefly describe the passage of blood through the hepatic portal system.