13 January, 2022
The pancreas is a fundamental organ for the digestion of food. It is a gland that makes up part of the digestive system that has a structure with a long shape that weighs 200 grams and measures 20cm in length and is made up of three parts: a head, a body and a tail. It is located in the upper part of the abdominal cavity, behind the stomach and intestines and is intimately related to the liver and the biliary tracts, as well as other organs not involved in digestion.
As a result of its location, the most common diseases of the pancreas are related to or affected by, in an indirect way, the pathology of nearby organs (such as gallbladder or biliary tract stones). In fact, one of the most important arguments for deciding when to carry out surgery to resolve the problems that gallbladder stones can cause is when they cause some type of damage to the pancreas, such as acute pancreatitis.