The Pancreas

  • Suzanne McMahon


The pancreas is derived from the Greek word meaning ‘pan’, ‘all,’ and ‘Kreas’, ‘flesh’. It is an important endocrine and exocrine organ sited in the retroperitoneum of the epigastrium. The pancreas is derived from the foregut and so is endodermal in origin. Arising from the endoderm of the duodenum, the pancreas initially starts off as two buds (the ventral and dorsal buds) which subsequently fuse to form the organ as we know it.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Suzanne McMahon
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  1. 1.Queen Elizabeth University Hospital, Glasgow UniversityGlasgowUK

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