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The Pancreas

The pancreas, a small carrot shaped gland, sits behind the stomach and connects to the intestine in the 2nd part of the duodenum via the pancreatic duct. The pancreas has two major roles. Firstly it is a digestive organ that produces enzymes that assist in the breakdown and absorption of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. The major components of pancreatic digestive secretion are amylase and lipase. The pancreas is also an endocrine organ producing hormones such as insulin, glucogon and somatostatin. Diseases that only affect pancreatic hormone production such as diabetes are looked after by endocrinologists, but just about everything else that happens to the pancreas is looked after by gastroenterologist.

 

Common diseases of the pancreas:

  • Pancreatitis
    • Acute and chronic
  • Pancreatic cancer
  • Autoimmune Pancreatitis
  • Pancreatic cysts
  • Pancreatic Pseudocysts