10 Sep Learning More About Your Liver and Its Parts
Did you know that your liver contains four lobes and many parts that help it to provide its many important functions to your body? While many people know that the liver is an essential organ that must be properly cared for in order to maintain good health, very few know what this organ actually looks like or how its parts work.
The Structure of the Liver
Generally speaking, your liver made of four lobes. These lobes include the larger right and left lobes as well as the smaller caudate and quadrate lobes. The left and right lobes are further divided by a ligament called the falciform, which is also responsible for connecting the liver to the abdominal wall.
The four lobes of the liver are further broken down into eight segments, which are then made of thousands of small lobes called lobules. Each lobule has a duct that flows toward the common hepatic duct, which then drains bile from the liver.
Other Parts of the Liver
Now that you have an understanding of the basic structure of the liver, you can learn more about the individual parts. Some of the most important parts of the liver are as follows:
- Common Hepatic Duct: This tube is responsible for carrying bile out of the liver. It is located at the intersection of the right and left hepatic ducts.
- Hepatic Artery: This primary blood vessel is responsible for supplying the liver with oxygenated blood.
- Hepatic Portal Vein: This blood vessel carries blood from the gallbladder, gastrointestinal tract, pancreas and spleen to the liver.
- Glisson’s Capsule: This layer of loose connective tissue surrounds the liver and works cooperatively with the arteries and ducts.
- Peritoneum: A membrane that covers the liver and forms the exterior of the organ.
With the help of MetaboLiv from Prolean Wellness, you can help to keep your liver and all of its parts healthy and functioning to the best of its ability. Contact Prolean Wellness today to learn more!