The coronary ligaments represent reflections of the visceral peritoneum covering the liver onto the diaphragm. As such, between the two layers of the coronary ligament
there is a large triangular surface of the liver
devoid of peritoneal
covering; this is named the bare area of the liver
, and is attached to the diaphragm
by areolar tissue
The bare area of the liver is still covered by Glisson's capsule, the fibrous capsule that sheathes the entire liver.
The bare area of the liver is clinically important because it represents a site where infection can spread from the abdominal cavity
to the thoracic cavity
- - "Stomach, Spleen and Liver: Ligaments of the Liver"