Pancreas divisum

Pancreatic divisum

Pancreas divisum is a birth defect in which parts of the pancreas do not join together. The pancreas is a long, flat organ located between the stomach and spine. It helps in food digestion.

Pancreas divisum

Pancreas divisum is the most common birth defect of the pancreas. The pancreas is an organ that helps in food digestion by producing digestive juices (enzymes) that drain into the intestine through a tube (duct). While the baby is developing inside the uterus, two separate parts of the pancreas come together to form the pancreas and the two ducts join. In pancreas divisum, the two ducts are separate and drainage may be impaired.

Digestive system

The esophagus, stomach, large and small intestine, aided by the liver, gallbladder and pancreas convert the nutritive components of food into energy and break down the non-nutritive components into waste to be excreted.

Endocrine glands

Endocrine glands release hormones (chemical messengers) into the bloodstream to be transported to various organs and tissues throughout the body. For instance, the pancreas secretes insulin, which allows the body to regulate levels of sugar in the blood. The thyroid gets instructions from the pituitary to secrete hormones which determine the rate of metabolism in the body (the more hormone in the bloodstream, the faster the chemical activity; the less hormone, the slower the activity).


The pancreas is an elongated, tapered gland that is located behind the stomach and secretes digestive enzymes and the hormones insulin and glucagon.



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