Because of its size, the liver is the most easily injured abdominal organ in children. Located in the right upper area of the abdomen, the liver is right below the diaphragm.

Most liver injuries are caused by blunt trauma from a car crash, fall, bike wreck or any other activity that causes a hard blow to the abdomen.

A penetrating liver injury may also result from a gunshot wound or sharp object that tears or cuts the liver.