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The Liver

The liver is the control centre that is responsible for co-ordinating and processing much of what is absorbed via the gastrointestinal tract. Sitting up under the ribs on the right side of the abdomen it is made up of right and left lobes, bile ducts, large blood vessels and the gallbladder. Drugs and toxins are broken down into manageable components in the liver, glucose and iron are stored for later use, hormones are created to signal to other tissues, clotting factors are created to maintain blood flow and assist with healing and bile is stored to be later used as a detergent for fat breakdown. You cannot survive without a liver and at the moment we don’t have anything to replace it in the way dialysis does for failed kidneys.


Common diseases of the liver include:

  • Liver Cirrhosis
  • Portal Hypertension
  • Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD)
    • Simple steatosis (fatty liver alone)
    • Nonalcoholic steatohepatitis (NASH)
  • Alcohol related Liver disease
  • Viral Hepatitis
    • Hepatitis A, B, C, D, E
    • EBV and CMV
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Drug induced Liver disease
  • Primary Biliary Cirrhosis
  • Primary Sclerosing Cholangitis
  • Haemochromatosis
  • Wilsons Disease