What Does Heterogeneous Liver Mean?


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If you are seeking detailed and reliable advice about the liver and about any related medical conditions, then I would recommend that you consult with a medical professional such as your doctor as they will be able to give you personalized information that will be of help to you and will be specific to your circumstances.

When the term 'heterogeneous liver' is used in the medical profession, it usually means that foreign particles have been found in someone's liver after they have undergone tests.

According to 'heterogeneous' can be defined as:

• Composed of unrelated or differing parts or elements
• Not of the same kind or type
• Consisting of elements that are not of the same kind or nature

Having a heterogeneous liver, therefore, would suggest that there are some irregular cells within the liver. The texture or composition of the cells in the liver would not be uniform.
Heterogeneity in the liver mass may not necessarily be a serious problem in itself - it depends on the circumstances of the condition. Discovery of a heterogeneous liver condition will often be a pre-cursor to further medical testing taking place to investigate the problem further and establish the exact nature of the condition.

The human liver has a wide range of functions, including:

• Detoxification
• Protein synthesis
• The production of bio-chemicals necessary for digestion

A standard human liver will be reddish brown in color and it will normally weigh between 3.2 and 3.7 lb. It is notable for being both the largest internal organ and the largest gland in the human body.
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