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Liver blood vessels. Artwork of the major blood vessels of a human liver. The gall bladder (green) is also seen. The liver breaks down the body's harmful waste products, destroys old red blood cells, and produces bile and some proteins. Blood flows into the liver through the hepatic artery (red, bottom centre) and the portal vein (blue, lower centre). The portal vein carries blood from the digestive system and spleen. Blood is carried away to the heart by the inferior vena cava (blue (upper centre). The liver is attached to adjacent structures by the falciform ligament (pink/white).
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