Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Viral Hepatitis B Anatomy

To better understand hepatitis B, it helps to understand the anatomy of the liver.

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

Anatomy examples:
  • Location of the liver in the abdomen
  • Liver, gallbladder and bile ducts
  • Front view of liver
  • Bottom view of liver

Last Updated: Nov 3, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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