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The Enterohepatic Circulation

  • M. J. Hill
Part of the Topics in Gastroenterology book series (TGEN)


The principal components of bile are the conjugated bile acids, cholesterol, and phospholipid, but in addition to these major components there is a vast array of minor components. Some of these are waste products of metabolism excreted by secretion in the bile, for example, bilirubin and the bile pigments. Many are dietary components that have been absorbed from the gut lumen by passive diffusion (because of their lipid solubility) and are detoxified by the liver and secreted in the bile. Some are functioning compounds that are not waste products but that are nevertheless biliary secreted, for example, the bile acids and a wide range of other steroid conjugates.


Bile Acid Terminal Ileum Enterohepatic Circulation Lithocholic Acid Active Transport Mechanism 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. J. Hill
    • 1
  1. 1.Central Public Health LaboratoryLondonEngland

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