Why is your liver important?
The liver is the largest organ in the body, located behind the ribs on the upper right side of the abdomen. The liver filters your blood and creates bile to help your body digest food. It also makes clotting agents that help stop bleeding after an injury or cut, and stores nutrients absorbed by the intestine. With continuing injury over time the liver can become scarred and develop cirrhosis, which is a scarring that results in the loss of the normal structure of the liver.
DHMC Liver Centers Goals
At the Dartmouth liver center our goal is to diagnose liver disease as early as possible to prevent, treat and even reverse some of these complications. The most common liver diseases we treat are due to Hepatitis C, alcohol and fatty liver. We have a liver tumor clinic where our goal is a diagnosis and treatment plan in just one day at Dartmouth.