Liver

by Stephanie Reid, MD FRCPC
May 13, 2022


What is the liver?

The liver is an organ found in the right upper part of your abdominal cavity. It is responsible for removing toxins, processing medications, and producing substances such as bile that are essential for breaking down and using food.

The liver contains multiple types of cells which make up its structure and allow it to work normally. The most important type of cell in the liver is called a hepatocyte. The liver also has biliary cells which line the inside of long channels called bile ducts, and endothelial cells which line the inside of blood vessels. There are also a variety of background of cells and materials that support and hold all these other parts of the liver together. Liver disease can affect any of these cells which can lead to damage and loss of the cells over time.

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