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Anatomy of the Pancreas

Illustration of the anatomy of the biliary system
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The pancreas is an elongated, tapered organ located across the back of the abdomen, behind the stomach. The right side of the organ (called the head) is the widest part of the organ and lies in the curve of the duodenum (the first section of the small intestine). The tapered left side extends slightly upward (called the body of the pancreas) and ends near the spleen (called the tail).

The pancreas is made up of two types of tissue:

Functions of the pancreas:

The pancreas has digestive and hormonal functions:

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