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Normal pancreas

Reviewer: Deepali Jain, M.D. (see Reviewers page)
Revised: 9 July 2014, last major update August 2012
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● 15 cm long, 60-140g
● 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
● A 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


Various images

Cytology images

Figure 3

End of Pancreas > Normal pancreas

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