The liver is a vital organ in the body that has many important functions. It is an important part of metabolism, protein synthesis, hormone production and detoxification. The liver also produces bile, which is a compound that aids digestion. It is estimated that the liver has over 500 different functions and it is considered necessary for survival. In fact, there is no way to survive without a functioning liver in the long term. If you want to know where this major organ is located in the body, continue reading to find out?
Where is the liver located in the body?
The liver is located mostly within the right upper quadrant of the abdominal cavity, but a small section also extends into the left upper quadrant. This means that it is located just below the diaphram. It is to the right of the stomach, beneath the right lung, and is above the right kidney and gallbladder. It is very hard to feel the liver because it is underneath the lower section of the right ribcage. The following diagram shows the approximate location of the liver in the human body.
Did you know?
A healthy human liver weighs in between 1.4-1.7 kg (3.08-3.7 lbs). It is pinkish-brown in appearance and is triangular in shape. It connects to two large blood vessels called the hepatic artery and the portal vein.