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Tail of pancreas

Other Terms: Left extremity of pancreas, Pancreatic tail, Cauda pancreatis, Queue du pancréas

Description

The tail is in contact with the anterior margin of the hilum of the spleen. It is a compound racemose gland which resembles the salivary glands in structure, although it is looser and softer in texture. It is surrounded by a layer of areolar tissue which binds the different lobules of the gland together by dipping down between them. It secretes pancreatic polypeptide which is carried to the duodenum by the pancreatic duct.

Latin

Cauda pancreatis

French

Queue du pancréas

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