The liver is an organ located in the upper right part of the belly (abdomen). It is beneath the diaphragm and on top of the stomach, right kidney, and intestines.
Why is liver important?
Makes bile, which helps carry away waste and break down fats in the small intestine during digestion
Makes certain proteins for blood plasma
Makes cholesterol and special proteins to help carry fats through the body
Stores and releases glucose as needed
Fights infections by making immune factors and removing bacteria from the bloodstream
Clears bilirubin (too much bilirubin makes skin and eyes turn yellow)
Definition of liver cirrhosis
Cirrhosis is a complication of liver disease that involves loss of liver cells and irreversible scarring of the liver.
Cirrhosis, also known as liver cirrhosis or hepatic cirrhosis, is a condition in which the liver does not function properly due to long-term damage.
This damage is characterized by the replacement of normal liver tissue by scar tissue.