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Influence of Spleen Size and Portal Pressure on Erythrocyte Sequestration*

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Brchure Shell CIRRHOSIS of the liver understanding A patient’s guide from your doctor and Cirrhosis Basics — The liver is one of the most important organs in your body and weighs about 3 pounds. — It sits in the upper right side of the abdomen, below the ribs. — The functions of the liver include: – Making bile. – Changing food into energy. – Cleaning alcohol and poisons from your system. — Cirrhosis occurs when the liver is permanently scarred or injured by chronic conditions and diseases. — The scar tissue that forms in cirrhosis harms the structure of the liver, blocking the flow of blood through the organ. — Good nutrition is the key to management of advanced cirrhosis. A B C D FE H I Your Digestive System A. Esophagus B. Liver C. Stomach D. Gallbladder E. Small Intestine F. Large Intestine G. Pancreas H. Rectum I. Anus G To help you understand and manage your condition, the AGA Institute provides you with the following information, designed to give you some basic facts, to help you better understand your condition and to serve as a starting point for discussions with your doctor. The liver weighs approximately 3 pounds and is the largest organ in the body. It is located in the upper right side of the abdomen, behind the lower ribs. When chronic diseases cause the liver to become permanently injured and scarred, the condition is called cirrhosis. The scar tissue that forms in cirrhosis harms the structure of the liver, blocking the flow of blood through the organ. The loss of normal liver tissue slows the processing of nutrients, hormones, drugs and toxins by the liver, as well as the production of proteins and other substances made by the liver. Impact of Cirrhosis Cirrhosis is the eleventh-leading cause of death by disease in the U.S. About 25,000 people die from the complications of cirrhosis each year; almost half of these are alcohol related. There also is a great toll in terms of human suffering, hospital costs and

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