Gallbladder: definition, diagram

The liver and the gallbladder are two organs whose functioning is closely linked. They both enter into the mechanism of digestion through a common compound, bile.

Definition: what is the gallbladder?

The liver and the gallbladder are two organs whose functioning is closely linked. They both enter into the mechanism of digestion through a common compound, bile. The liver secretes bile, made up of water, cholesterol and bile salts and pigments, and is discharged into the intrahepatic bile ducts towards the gallbladder. The gallbladder is placed under the liver and is used to store bile which will then be discharged during digestion via the common bile duct, at the level of the initial part of the small intestine called the duodenum. In case of biliary pathology, the liver as the gallbladder can be the cause and can undergo complications.

Diagram: the gallbladder in pictures

Diagram of the gallbladder © sante-medecine.net

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