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Which one of these sentences is correct about the liver ?
The liver can regenerate itself, and is vital for us. It approximately measures 10cm of length.
How much does it weight?
Indeed, the liver weights little more than 1.5kg.
Where is it located in the body?
Important if you need to do a liver exam : remember that it is located on your right side, contrary to the heart.
What is the liver for?
These are its three vital functions: to eliminate toxins (especially the ones found in alcohol), to insure some metabolisms (carbohydrates, lipids and proteins), and stock the energy under the glycogen form.
What are hepatocytes?
Hepatocytes are not enzymes, nor synthesized carbohydrates, but the main liver cells. They represent between 70% and 80% of them.* *Si-Tayeb K, Lemaigre FP, Duncan SA, « Organogenesis and development of the liver »
Which of these functions is not performed by the liver?
As we mentionned before, its three main functions are : toxins purification, nutrient synthesis, and energy storage.
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What is fibrosis?
Fibrosis is a liver scar tissue. It develops when the liver cells have been damaged, when they have suffered from chronic chemical aggressions, such as excessive alcohol, or virus.
Is fibrosis reversible?
Yes, if the cause of the disease is treated and if the lesions are not too severe.
What is cirrhosis?
Cirrhosis is not a cancer, but a liver state, including long term fibrosis. Common causes of liver damage include alcohol, viral hepatitis, or non-alcoholic fatty liver disease.
What is hepatitis?
Hepatitis is not a liver cancer, but a liver inflammation. There are several types of hepatitis: viral, alcoholic, steatohepatitis, autoimmune hepatitis, acute hepatitis.
By which way hepatitis B cannot be transmitted?
Simple physical and skin contact does not allow the virus to go from one host to another.
Which of the following is a mode of transmission for Hepatitis B, but not for Hepatitis C?
Transmission through sexual contact is rare. The risk exists in case of blood presence during sexual contacts.
What is steatosis?
Steatosis, commonly known as "fatty liver disease", is an accumulation of fat in liver cells.