The liver occupies the right upper quadrant of the abdominal cavity.

According to Dr. Douglas Cooper ANATOMY 118/158:General Histology Fall Qtr 1998 Glands Associated with the Digestive Tract: Liver, Pancreas and Salivary Glands.


by Barb Bancroft, RN, MSN, PNP

  • The adult liver is the size of a football and weighs approximately 4 lbs.
  • 2nd largest organ (skin is #1)
  • At any given time approximately 10% of the blood volume circulates in the liver; our entire blood supply travels through the liver several times a day
  • It is the second most transplanted organ—80% of all liver transplant patients are alive after 5 years

  • We can function with only 10% of our liver, provided that the remaining liver is intact and undamaged
  • More importantly we have the capacity to regenerate the entire liver
We’ve known this since the story of Prometheus in the world of Greek Mythology.

Prometheus, the creator of mankind in Greek mythology, angered Zeus because Zeus wanted Prometheus to destroy the whole race of mortals. Prometheus politely declined and gave the mortals the Flame of Olympus. Bad move for Prometheus. Zeus was so angry that he had Prometheus chained naked to a pillar in the Caucasian mountains and ordered a giant vulture to dine on his liver every day, year in and year out; and there was no end to the pain because every night his liver grew whole again.