The liver is the largest organ in the body. It is in the upper part of the abdomen on the right-hand side of the body and is surrounded and protected from injury by the lower ribs.
It is found below your right lung and is protected by the lower ribs on that side. The liver is divided into two main lobes, called the right and left lobes. Each of these lobes is divided into further segments.
The liver is the chemical factory of the body.
The liver is an extremely important organ that has many functions.
* Storing some nutrients
* Converting fats to energy when the body needs it
* Producing bile - a substance that helps the digestion and absorption of food
* Making proteins
* Helping the blood to clot
* Making other substances the body needs
* Breaking down harmful substances including alcohol, many drugs, and waste products from normal body processes
The liver is connected to the first part of the small intestine (duodenum) by a tube called the bile duct. This duct takes the bile produced by the liver to the intestine.
The liver stores glucose and vitamins so that they can be used by the body when needed. It also produces bile, which breaks down the fats in food so that they can be absorbed by the bowel (intestine).
The liver is very good at repairing itself. It can function normally with only a small part of it in working order.