The Liver and Pancreas The liver • The liver is located at the upper right quadrant of the abdomen. • The liver filters blood either with or without harmful substances. Converts glucose to glycogen and creates certain amino acids for proteins. • It is reddish brown, with 4 lobes. • It is 21-22.5 cm wide and 15-17.5 cm long. The pancreas • The pancreas is located in the bottom right quadrant of the abdomen. • The pancreas produces insulin and other pancreatic juices to help break down food so it can be absorbed by the body. • The pancreas is about 6 inches long (15 cm) What Connects with the Liver The gall bladder connects with liver. It stocks the bile produced by the Liver. If there was no liver the body could have no bile or clean blood. And it would be harder to digest fats. What connects with the Panceras Can you live without it? No you can’t live without your liver or pancreas, but you can have it transplanted. Liver Cholestasis Cholestasis is reduction or stoppage of bile flow. • Disorders of the liver, bile duct, or pancreas can cause cholestasis. • The skin whites and the eyes look yellow, the skin itches, and urine is dark. • Laboratory and often imaging tests are needed to identify the cause of cholestasis. • Treatment depends on the cause, but drugs can help relieve itching. Pancreatitis • Pancreatitis causes inflammation in the pancreas which does not allow the insulin to get to the small intestine. Symptoms include nausea and vomiting. Having pancreatitis can lead to permanent tissue damage.
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