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A 21-year-old member asked:

Where is the pancreas and what does it do?

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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Specializes in Family Medicine
Below stomach: The pancreas is just below and beneath the stomach, it produces digestive enzymes and insulin.
Dr. Adam Steinlauf
31 years experience
Digestion & hormones: The pancreas sits behind the stomach in what is call the retroperitoneum. It is involved in secreting enzymes used to digest starches and fats. It also is an exocrine gland producing hormones such as Insulin which regulates blood sugar.
Dr. Jonathan Fridell
General Surgery 28 years experience
Pancreas: It is in the retro peritoneum in the upper abdomen behind the stomach. It makes hormones such as Insulin glucagon and somatostatin. It also participates in digestion by making enzymes that drain into the duodenum.
Dr. John Powelson
Transplant Surgery 36 years experience
Abdominal organ: Abdominal organ in the back of the belly. It is digestive organ: it secretes enzymes into the small bowel which break down food and help its absorption. It is also an endocrine organ: it produces hormones involved in sugar control and control of digestion. Insulin is one of these hormones. Diabetics either lack Insulin (type 1 diabetes) or have inadequate Insulin function (type 2).
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology 50 years experience
Gland: Pancreas is a gland in the abdomen, associated with the first part of small intestine. It has two parts, one makes digestive enzymes and the other makes hormones including insulin.
Dr. Arthur Heller
Gastroenterology 44 years experience
Complex organ: Meaty organ that sits behind the stomach. Makes digestive enzymes released into gut and and hormones like insulin.Released into blood stream. Important organ.
Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology 29 years experience
Glucose+digestion.: The islets of langerhans in the pancreas contain its endocrine cells that produce hormones that help control blood glucose levels: Alpha cells - glucagon, beta cells - Insulin and amylin, delta cells - somatostatin, pp cells - pancreatic polypeptide, epsilon cells -ghrelin. The exocrine cells make digestive enzymes, like trypsinogen and chymotrypsinogen, to break down lipids and carbohydrates.

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Mass in pancreas?

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Could be many things: Needs a full work-up immediately. See your doctor.
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What can be a growth above the pancreas?

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Too unclear: Please refine the question. Specify location and other details.
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Can your pancreas be replaced?

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Yes very hard: There have been pancreas transplants but the surgery is difficult and tedious. The easiest thing is insulin replacement using either a pump or simple injections
A 44-year-old member asked:

How can you affect your pancreas?

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
A Verified Doctoranswered
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Pnacreas: I wish I could help but you have not given any information. What exactly do you mean by "affect your pancreas"?
A 46-year-old member asked:

What to do if I am having problems with my pancreas.?

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
A Verified Doctoranswered
Endocrinology 52 years experience
Pancreas: The most important thing to do is verify that you have a pancreas problem diagnosed by your doctor. If yes seek a second opinion. If no you need to discuss your symptoms with your current doctor.

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