IMAT 2016 Q30 [Bile]

Which option shows the structure in humans that produces bile and then the structure that stores bile?

A. gall bladder produces and then liver stores
B. liver produces and then liver stores
C. gall bladder produces and then gall bladder stores
D. liver produces and then gall bladder stores
E. liver produces and then duodenum stores

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The correct answer is D.

Bile is produced by the liver and then stored into the gallbladder for later use.

Its purpose is to ensure the the emulsification of fats into smaller droplets during digestion and to carry away the waste (like hemoglobin from destroyed red blood cells and excess cholesterol).

It goes from the liver, down the hepatic duct and the cystic and finally, to the gallbladder, which is a little pouch under the liver.

The gallbladder is NOT necessary for digestion : in fact, it is entirely possible to live without one. The liver produces enough bile to digest the food that you’ve ingested and instead of being put away, it will just continue flowing down the digestive tracts.