Bilis

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Definición

Es un líquido que es producido y secretado por el hígado y almacenado en la vesícula biliar.

La bilis ayuda con la digestión y descompone las grasas en ácidos grasos, los cuales pueden ser llevados al cuerpo por medio del tubo digestivo.

La bilis contiene sobre todo colesterol, ácidos biliares (también llamados sales biliares) y bilirrubina (un producto de la descomposición de los glóbulos rojos). La bilis contiene igualmente:

  • Agua
  • Sales corporales (potasio y sodio)
  • Cobre y otros metales

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Referencias

Afdhal NH. Diseases of the gallbladder and bile ducts. In: Goldman L, Schafer AI, eds. Cecil Medicine. 24th ed. Philadelphia, Pa: Saunders Elsevier; 2011:chap 158.

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