Category:Liver - General Pathology

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Liver - General Pathology

  • The lobed liver is the largest gland in the body
  • A healthy liver is dark reddish-brown in colour with a smooth rubbery texture
  • Liver lesions are common because:
    • it is an area of high metabolic activity
    • receives toxic agents from the gut via the portal blood system
    • has an extensive vascular supply (prime site for metastatic disease)
  • Although liver lesions are common, they seldom produce liver failure
  • Diagnostic value because often indicates the presence and causes of disease in other organs and systems of the body

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