Portal System


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  • The portal system is a specialized venous drainage system of the large bowel. Instead of merely draining deoxygenated blood, the portal system drains metabolites and nutrients upward so that they detour through the liver instead of returning directly to the heart and lungs. The liver serves as a cleaning and metabolic sieve where drugs and other chemicals are further broken down and either used or removed from the system.