Pancreas

Pancreas - stretching across the back of the abdomen, behind the stomach. The head of the pancreas is on the right side of the abdomen and is connected to the first section of the small intestine.

The pancreas makes pancreatic enzymes that help digest food in the small intestine. It also produces hormones like insulin which controls the amount of sugar in the blood.

As pancreatic juices flow into the main pancreatic duct that joins the common bile duct, which connects the pancreas to the liver and the gallbladder. The common bile duct, which carries bile (a fluid that helps digest fat), connects to the small intestine near the stomach.

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