Unformatted text preview: vitamin D. Gallbladder * A pear shaped sac located in a depression under the liver. * Smooth muscle contraction in the walls, following hormonal stimulation, cause the ejection of bile into the cystic duct. Functions * Concentrates and stores bile * Storage is facilitated by the closure of the common bile duct resulting in bile back up to the cystic duct to the gallbladder for storage. Gallbladder Emptying of the Gallbladder * When triglycerides enter the small intestine, cholecystokinin is released to stimulate contractions of the gallbladder, which releases bile into the common bile duct and on into the small intestine. Acute cholecystitis Acute cholecystitis and cholelithiasis...
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- Fall '10
- Anatomy, common bile duct, cystic duct