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Tail of pancreas

Tail of pancreas
The duodenum and pancreas
Latin cauda pancreatis
Gray's p.1201
Anatomical terminology

The tail of the pancreas, located anatomically left near the hilum of the spleen, is not simply an anatomical distinction. The tail is the only part of the pancreas which contains Pancreatic Polypeptide (PP) cells, which are responsible for secreting pancreatic polypeptide to coordinate exocrine and islet enzyme release. PP cells are found in the tail's periphery. Beta cells(insulin secretory) and delta cells (somatostatin secretory) are found in the central part of the tail as with the rest of the pancreas.

The cells described above are located exclusively in the islet cells; their secretions reach exocrine portions of the pancreas via the capillary network surrounding the islet cell populations.

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External links

  • tail+of+pancreas at eMedicine Dictionary
  • Anatomy figure: 37:05-09 at Human Anatomy Online, SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "The lesser peritoneal sac."
  • Anatomy photo:39:09-0104 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center - "The Pancreas"
  • Anatomy image:8560 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Cross section image: pembody/body8a - Plastination Laboratory at the Medical University of Vienna
  • MedEd at Loyola Grossanatomy/dissector/labs/abdomen/postwall/pw1_1a.htm

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