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Where is the pancreas and what does it do?

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Dr. John Powelson
Surgery - Transplant
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In brief: 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).

In brief: 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. John Powelson
Dr. John Powelson
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Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Family Medicine
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In brief: Below stomach

The pancreas is just below and beneath the stomach, it produces digestive enzymes and insulin.

In brief: Below stomach

The pancreas is just below and beneath the stomach, it produces digestive enzymes and insulin.
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
Dr. Barbara A Majeroni
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1 doctor agrees

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Jonathan Fridell
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Dr. Adam Steinlauf
Internal Medicine - Gastroenterology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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. Adam Steinlauf
Dr. Adam Steinlauf
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