Liver and Spleen Function

  • Gerbail T. Krishnamurthy
  • Shakuntala Krishnamurthy

Abstract

Liver is the largest organ and carries out the most complex biologic functions in the body. It secretes bile, synthesizes proteins, metabolizes nutrients, hormones, and drugs and detoxifies noxious endogenous and exogenous substrates. To accomplish all of these functions, the liver is located centrally in the body with well designed architecture and is supplied with a generous amount of blood. Secretion of bile is one of many important liver functions. Bile promotes digestion and absorption of essential nutrients and also serves as a vehicle to get rid off biologic waste products from the body. The biliary tree is designed not only for continuous bile secretion but also for periodic bile storage and discharge at the time when food enters the small intestine. Spleen carries out many functions whose importance has been recognized only recently. This chapter will discuss various functions of these two organs.

Keywords

Cholesterol Glutathione Polysaccharide Radionuclide Polypeptide 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerbail T. Krishnamurthy
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
    • 4
    • 5
    • 6
  • Shakuntala Krishnamurthy
    • 1
    • 4
  1. 1.Department of Nuclear Medicine, Tuality Community HospitalTuality HealthcareHillsboroUSA
  2. 2.Nuclear Medicine ServiceVeterans Affairs Medical CenterPortlandUSA
  3. 3.Nuclear Medicine ResidencyOregon Health Sciences UniversityPortlandUSA
  4. 4.Oregon Health Sciences UniversityPortlandUSA
  5. 5.University of ArizonaTucsonUSA
  6. 6.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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