The liver is the largest of the body's
glands and is responsible for several important functions.
Weighing about three pounds, the
red-brown organ features a high degree of vascularity which is responsible
for its dark color.
Located primarily on the right side
of the abdominal cavity, just above the duodenum, the liver aids in the
digestion of fats by secreting bile into the duodenum.
The liver also destroys red blood
cells, forms urea for the excretion of nitrogenous wastes, forms fibrinogen
(used in blood coagulation), stores glycogen, helps in the metabolism and
storage of vitamins, and produces protective and anti toxic substances,
among its many functions.
With cystic fibrosis the secretion of the liver is also affected
Because the mucus is so thick in
all secreting glands , the little ducts of the liver can also become blocked.
This could cause liver cirrhosis and portal
If this situation occurs you can
get varicose veins in your esophagus.
Your spleen will be enlarged and in
the end a liver transplant could be needed.
However , this liver complication only occurs in 4-5 % of all cfers so you better not worry about it.
The storage of vitamins and glycogen
are also affected.
This could cause diabetes although thats only found in 10 - 15 % of all cfers.