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The Liver: Anatomy and Functions

The Biliary System: Anatomy and Functions

The Pancreas: Anatomy and Functions

Statistics

Common Characteristics of Liver Disease

Common Liver Function Tests

Diagnostic Procedures

Disorders of the Liver

Disorders of the Biliary System

Disorders of the Pancreas

Glossary

Millions of U.S. adults suffer from liver, bile duct, or gallbladder diseases.

The liver is the largest organ in the human body. It is also one of the most important ones. The biliary system consists of the bile ducts, gallbladder, and pancreas -- all closely associated with the functioning of the liver.

Some liver, biliary, and pancreatic diseases are congenital (present at birth). Others can be prevented. In any case, whether these diseases are congenital, injury-related, viral-induced, or alcohol-induced, they can be devastating to a person's health and require medical care.

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