The pancreas is an organ located at the upper abdomen, and it lies behind the stomach. Within the pancreas is a system of small tubes, also known as pancreatic ducts, which transports the enzymes produced by the pancreas into the small intestine to help digestion. The pancreas also produces a number of hormones to regulate body functions. One of these hormones is insulin, which regulate our blood sugar level.

The pancreas is closely related to various vital structures such as the duodenum, the bile duct, major blood vessels, the spleen and the left adrenal gland. As such, operations of the pancreas can be difficult.

Problems of the pancreas may present with the following symptoms:
  • Abdominal pain, usually felt over the gastric area. The pain may also radiate to the back
  • Upper back pain
  • Jaundice (yellowing of the white of the eyes)
  • Steatorrhoea, which is passing of oily stools
  • Weight loss
  • Appetite loss
We highlight some of the common conditions here:

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