To understand the staging better, let’s have a look at the normal pancreas anatomy.
This is the end of the pancreas, present in the right side of the abdomen, and is the largest part of the pancreas.
The neck is the narrow portion of the pancreas that connects the head with the body.
This prismatic shaped main structure of the pancreas is called a body.
This narrow down terminal portion of the pancreas, present in the left side of the abdomen, is called a tail.
This look like a projection from the lower part of the head of the pancreas is called the uncinate process.
This figure shows the location of the pancreas in the abdomen.
The first part of the small intestine called as duodenum curves along the head of the pancreas.
The spleen is located on the left side of the abdomen, close to the tail of the pancreas.
And here lies the left kidney, above which lies the suprarenal gland. The superior mesenteric artery is a branch of an aorta, that crosses the uncinate process of the pancreas.
Bile duct passes through the head of the pancreas to join the duodenum.
Main pancreatic duct passes from the tail to the head of the pancreas and ultimately joins the duodenum.
This structure present above the pancreas is called the coeliac artery.
It gives a branch on the right side, which is called a common hepatic artery. And on the left is called a splenic artery.
Behind the neck of the pancreas, the mesenteric vein and splenic vein join to form portal vein.
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