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Balasegaram type liver retractor, England, 1980

A retractor is used during surgery to lift and move organs and tissues to give the surgical team a better view of the operation. This example was designed to be used on the liver. Mangai Balasegaram, a Malaysian surgeon working in the 1980s, designed a number of liver clamps and retractors of which this is an example. They remain in use today.

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Glossary: liver

Organ that plays a major role in metabolism, digestion, and elimintation of substances in the body.In the warm-blooded animals the liver is usually of a dark reddish-brown colour. In man it is situated below the diaphragm, and is divided by fissures into five lobes. A human can last only 24 hours without liver function.

Glossary: liver retractor

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