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Encyclopedia > Accessory pancreatic duct
Pancreatic duct
The pancreatic duct.
Latin ductus pancreaticus
Gray's subject #251 1202
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MeSH A03.734.667
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The pancreatic duct, or Duct of Wirsung, is a duct joining the pancreas to the bile duct to apply pancreatic juice which aid in digestion provided by the "exocrine pancreas". Most people have one pancreatic duct, which joins the biliary tract just prior to the ampulla of Vater. Many others have an additional "accessory pancreatic duct" which connects straight to the duodenum. Image File history File links Illu_pancrease. ... Latin is an ancient Indo-European language originally spoken in the region around Rome called Latium. ... In biology, an organ is a group of tissues which perform some function. ... Embryology is the branch of developmental biology that studies embryos and their development. ... Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) is a huge controlled vocabulary (or metadata system) for the purpose of indexing journal articles and books in the life sciences. ... Elseviers logo Elsevier, the worlds largest publisher of medical and scientific literature, forms part of the Reed Elsevier group. ... The pancreas is an organ in the digestive system that serves two major functions: exocrine - it produces pancreatic juice containing digestive enzymes. ... X-Ray of the bile duct during a laprascopic cholecystectomy A bile duct is any of a number of long tube-like structures that carry bile. ... Digestion is the process whereby a biological entity processes a substance, in order to chemically convert the substance into nutrients. ... Exocrine gland refers to glands that secrete their products via a duct. ... The Ampulla of Vater is the part of the duodenum where the common bile duct empties into the second part of the duodenum, so named because it has the appearance of an ampulla. ... In anatomy of the digestive system, the duodenum is a hollow jointed tube connecting the stomach to the jejunum. ...

Compression, obstruction or inflammation of the pancreatic duct may lead to acute pancreatitis. The most common cause for obstruction is gallstones. In medicine, gallstones (choleliths) are crystalline bodies formed within the body by accretion or concretion of normal or abnormal bile components. ...



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