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34.2 The Human Digestive System -- Part 4
bile salts are also found in bile.
The bile salts are made from cholesterol.
When fat is emulsified, it breaks up into droplets and provides a larger surface area, which can be acted upon by the pancreas.
Serious disorders of the liver can be life threatening because they perform so many vital functions.
Excess bilirubin is deposited in the tissues when the body isn't helping excrete it.
Viruses are the most common cause of the disease.
Food or water that has been contaminated with feces can be the source of the hepatitis A virus.
Blood transfusions or contaminated needles can be used to spread the disease.
The AIDS virus is spread in the same way as the hepatitis B virus.
There is a vaccine for the disease.
Chronic hepatitis can be caused by contact with the blood of someone who has the disease and no vaccine is available.
The organ becomes fat and then the tissue is replaced by scar tissue.
The excessive amount of alcohol that can cause Cirrhosis of theLiver is often seen in alcoholics.
If the rate of regeneration exceeds the rate of damage, the liver can recover.
There isn't enough time to allow the liver to heal itself.
Thousands of people in the United States are waiting for a liver transplant, which is usually the preferred treatment.
Artificial livers have been difficult to develop because they serve so many functions.
One type contains cells from either a human or pig.
The patient's blood is passed outside of the body and through an apparatus containing the cells which perform their normal functions, and the blood is returned to the patient.
There is progress being made in the area of a smaller number of transplant cells.
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