Liver and gallbladder - Definition

May 2017


Definition

The liver and gallbladder are two organs whose functions are closely related. They both fall within the digestion mechanism via a common compound, bile. The liver secretes bile, composed of water, cholesterol, salts, and bile pigments and will be discharged in the intrahepatic bile ducts to the gallbladder. The gallbladder is under the liver and serves to store the bile which is then discharged at the time of digestion through the bile duct at the initial part of the small intestine called the duodenum. In case of a biliary pathology, the liver and the gallbladder may be the cause and may suffer complications.

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