Functional Anatomy of the Pancreas: The Ductal System

  • D. E. Bockman


Pancreatic fistulas are produced when the normal integrity of the pancreas is disrupted. Pancreatic secretions normally are liberated into and conducted through the lumina of a blind-ending system of acini and ducts. Given normal pressures and volumes, fluid flows in only one direction — toward the duodenum, where pancreatic juice enters the gut lumen through the major and minor papillae.


Pancreatic Duct Acinar Cell Pancreatic Fistula Pancreatic Juice Main Pancreatic Duct 
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