Primary Biliary Cirrhosis Anatomy
To better understand primary biliary cirrhosis, it helps to understand the anatomy of the liver and biliary tract.
The liver is located in the upper right abdomen. It is one of the largest organs in the body.
Functions of the liver include:
- Helps convert food into energy
- Helps digest food
- Removes toxins, such as alcohol, from the blood
- Regulates blood clotting
- Stores energy
- Stores iron
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