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Year : 2023  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 39-43

Clinical encounters with kupffer cells while managing patients with liver diseases: Part 1 (Focus on Liver Imaging)

Department of Hepatology, Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India

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C E Eapen
Department of Hepatology, Christian Medical College, Vellore (Ranipet Campus), Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/ghep.ghep_36_22

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Reticuloendothelial cells such as tissue-resident macrophages have an important function of clearing unwanted material from our bloodstream. Kupffer cells residing in liver sinusoids comprise the largest contingent of tissue-resident macrophages in our body. Different radiological techniques used to diagnose and treat patients with liver diseases employ the scavenging function of Kupffer cells to clear the contrast agents administered into peripheral vein or hepatic artery. It is useful for the clinician to understand the utility of these “unsung heroes” in liver microcirculation: The Kupffer cells act as scavengers removing waste material from bloodstream and work silently to maintain homeostasis.

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