FIGURE 5. Pancreatic embryology.


Pancreatic embryology. This figure demonstrates that the stomach, duodenum, biliary system, including the gallbladder, liver and pancreas are derived from closely related structures in early embryological development. The pancreas starts as two components, the ventral pancreas and the dorsal pancreas. In the process of development, the organs enlarge and the ventral pancreas together with the common bile duct rotates. Then, in most cases, the pancreatic duct from the dorsal pancreas fuses with the pancreatic duct from the ventral pancreas to form the main pancreatic duct. After fusion, the pancreatic secretions from the entire pancreas and biliary secretions gain access to the duodenum by way of the ventral pancreatic duct. Adapted from Gorelick F, Pandol, SJ, Topazian M. Pancreatic physiology, pathophysiology, acute and chronic pancreatitis. Gastrointestinal Teaching Project, American Gastroenterologic Association. 2003.

From: Pancreatic Embryology and Development

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The Exocrine Pancreas.
Pandol SJ.
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