Pancreas
General
Normal pancreas

Author: Deepali Jain, M.D. (see Authors page)

Revised: 6 December 2017, last major update August 2012

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Cite this page: Jain, D. Normal pancreas. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://www.pathologyoutlines.com/topic/pancreasnormal.html. Accessed August 20th, 2018.
Definition / general
  • 15 cm long, 60 - 140 g
  • Shape is compared to letter J turned sideways, with loop of J around the duodenum
  • Divided into head (right of left border of superior mesenteric vein; contains uncinate process), body (between left border of superior mesenteric vein and left border of aorta) and tail
  • Retroperitoneal organ, lies within duodenal curve, close to superior mesenteric artery and portal vein
  • Anterior body of pancreas touches posterior wall of stomach
  • Posterior of pancreas touches aorta, splenic vein and left kidney
  • Pancreatic tail extends to the splenic hilum
  • Has large functional reserve of cells
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