- A double-layered membrane encases the liver. This protects the liver against friction from nearby organs.
- Liver cells do not have nerves. This means that technically a liver biopsy would not hurt if doctors could perform a liver biopsy without puncturing the skin, membrane and surrounding tissue. However, the majority of liver biopsy procedures are percutaneous, meaning a needle needs to pass through the skin and surrounding tissue in order to get to the liver. This is why a local anesthetic is used to numb the area.
- The liver has over 500 functions. The human body relies on the liver for regulation of energy, hormonal balance and clotting. It also filters nutrients, poisons and bacteria.
Friday, October 22, 2010
Wheel of Liver
Still honoring the fact that October is liver awareness month, here is more liver trivia: