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- - - The Liver in Cystic Fibrosis - - -

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 hypertension.

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.

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