Where in the body is the pancreas located?


Quick Answer

The pancreas is a 6-inch-long organ that is located behind the stomach in the back portion of the abdomen. The head of the pancreas is located on the right side of the abdomen, and the tail of the pancreas stretches out to the left side of the abdomen.

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Full Answer

The pancreas is an essential part of the digestive system and the endocrine system. It synthesizes, stores and releases many different hormones and enzymes, such as insulin and glucagon. The enzymes that the pancreas releases are known as digestive enzymes, and they help break down carbohydrates, proteins and lipids within the stomach.

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