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Everyone has a pancreas (unless it has been removed).
The pancreas is often described as having a head, body and tail. It is surrounded by several important organs, such as the liver, and also by large blood vessels.
Diagram showing the pancreas and surrounding organs
Diagram showing the pancreas and surrounding blood vessels
Published September 2020
To be reviewed September 2022