Where is the Liver?
The liver is the largest solid organ in the body. It is located in the right side of the abdomen underneath the lower ribcage.
What does the Liver Do?
The liver is the largest and one of the most complex organs in the body. It has many functions, some of the most important include:
What Happens when the Liver is Diseased?
A healthy liver has the ability to repair itself and can overcome most harmful things, such as a viral infection or damage from alcohol or drugs. Sometimes the damage is so severe that it destroys liver cells very rapidly resulting in acute liver failure. In other cases, there is gradual destruction of liver cells that cause scarring. This scar formation is irreversible and leads to a condition called cirrhosis (chronic liver disease).
Unless liver damage is severe or advanced, diseases of the liver are often "silent" and many patients are unaware of any problem with their liver.