Cardiovascular System - Ductus Venosus
The vitelline blood vessel lying within the liver that connects (shunts) the portal and umbilical veins to the inferior vena cava and also acts to protect the fetus from placental overcirculation. Absence can cause hydrops fetalis and the umbilical vein then drains directly into the inferior vena cava or right atrium. Postnatally this shunt functionally closes then structurally closes and degenerates to form it the ligamentum venosum.
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Cite this page: Hill, M.A. (2020, October 20) Embryology Cardiovascular System - Ductus Venosus. Retrieved from https://embryology.med.unsw.edu.au/embryology/index.php/Cardiovascular_System_-_Ductus_Venosus
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