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Why do many parasites affect the liver?

Stephen G. Kayes kayes at SUNGCG.USOUTHAL.EDU
Thu Sep 14 09:11:03 EST 1995


Katy:
	I suspect that you hit the reason with the bloodstream going to the 
liver.  Remember that the liver has a double blood supply, namely the 
hepatic artery and the hepatic portal system which drains the intestinal 
tract.  The blood contained within the portal supply contains the 
majority of nutrients absorbed from the host's  food supply and thus, is 
extremely attractive to parasites capable of an intravascular existance.  

	--Just one man's opinion and opinions without proof are a dime a 
dozen.  

	Steve Kayes
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On Thu, 14 Sep 1995, k.sinka wrote:

> Of the parasites and viruses that affect the liver
> Malaria, Scistosomiasis and all the Hepatitis strains
> is it their 'intention' to get to the liver or is it just a 
> function of the way the bloodstream goes to this
> organ that means they end up there?
> 
> Katy S
> 
> 



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