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Regeneration – Unique Characteristics of the Liver (Nursing)

by Rhonda Lawes

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    00:00 Now this point blows my mind. Look at that, the liver is the only visceral organ that can regenerate. So even with as much as 75% of the liver dead or gone, the liver can actually regenerate itself and in just 8 to 15 days. So in a little over 2 weeks, a liver can go from 25% of it to regenerating itself. That to me is amazing. No other visceral organ can do that except the liver. Now I want to just remind you you've got a note down there at the bottom that growth factor and cytokines help with the regeneration because you might be wondering what, why can the liver do this? Now, I've listed them for you. There's a long list and don't memorize those. Just keep in mind that growth factor and cytokines are the reason that the liver can regenerate itself. So, you've got hepatocyte growth factor, insulin, transforming growth factor-alpha, epidermal growth factor, and you've got the interleukin 6, and norepinephrine. So all those substances work together to help the liver do an amazing magic trick of regenerating itself from 25% all brand new.


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    The lecture Regeneration – Unique Characteristics of the Liver (Nursing) by Rhonda Lawes is from the course Liver Functions and Dysfunctions (Nursing).


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    1. Regeneration can occur even if 75% of liver tissue is gone.
    2. The liver is one of a few organs that have the ability to regenerate.
    3. It takes 6 months to a year for the liver to regenerate in a human.
    4. Certain external drugs are required to promote liver regeneration.

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     Rhonda Lawes

    Rhonda Lawes


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