The liver is one of the five most important organs in the human body, the others being the heart, the lungs, the brain and the kidneys. These are organs whose significant or sudden malfunction or damage, almost always leads to poor health, and often to death. In this article we are going to explore, where is liver located?
Esteemed Reader you may be asking yourself about the location of the liver in the human body for various reasons.
You may have been told that you have liver disease or damage, or it may be out of mere curiosity. It may be that you wish to know what you need to do to protect this vital organ from any type of insult. But you may be feeling confused by the not infrequent misinformation on the location of vital organs such as the liver.
Through this article, it is hoped that you will be in the clear. You will learn not only about the location of the liver, but also about its function and malfunction or diseased state.
WHAT ARE THE FUNCTIONS OF A LIVER?
Let us list the functions of the liver first. We will then explain them in detail.
– manufacturing or synthesis of proteins
– manufacturing of clotting factors
– production and disposal of bilirubin (bile)
The liver also has a big function of DETOXIFICATION of all chemicals, medications and poisons that enter the body. It has various mechanisms by which it changes the chemicals into harmless compounds, before they are excreted into the bowel.
The liver is the other organ that performs excretion. The other excretory organ is the kidney(s).
“ELEVATED LIVER FUNCTION TESTS”
As a consumer of Healthcare services, you may have heard from various sources, about “elevated liver function tests” or “abnormal liver function tests”. Unfortunately this expression is a misnomer (is wrong). It refers to elevated levels of LIVER ENZYMES.
Kindly see this article on this website for more detail on the next two paragraphs:
WHAT IS BILE?
Bile is a yellow-green liquid produced by the liver. It is a solution whose purpose is to help digestion of lipids (fats).
Bile (as bilirubin) does enter the bloodstream. But its level in the blood is kept at a concentration not exceeding around 17 in most laboratory measurements.
If bilirubin exceeds about 34 in the blood, it usually shows up as a yellow discolouration of the eyes and other parts of the body. This abnormal yellow colour is termed “jaundice”.
WHAT IS BILE MADE FROM?
The solution is composed of bile salts, phospholipids and other constituents. The bile salts are the final breakdown products of (aged) red blood cells. If there are too many, or too fragile red blood cells, this may cause a rise in bilirubin.
SO, WHERE IS LIVER LOCATED?
The liver is located on the right-hand side of the human abdomen. To be more precise, it is in the right uppermost part of the abdomen. It sits just under the diaphragm, which separates it from the right lung in the chest.
The liver, in its normal healthy state, is protected on all sides by the lowermost rib cage. It does not ”peep” under the ribs and cannot normally be felt below the ribs.
The liver and its position in full perspective, can be seen very well in the below diagrams. The liver is the huge red organ in the right uppermost part of the abdomen in both the woman and the man. It is protected by the lower ribs.
The right uppermost part of the abdomen, called “Right Upper Quadrant” in Medical terms, is where liver symptoms and signs are mostly found. This is where liver pain is located.
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