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Causes of Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency in Dogs- An Overview

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EPI causes

The pancreas is a long, slender organ situated in the upper part of the abdomen attached to the back wall of the abdominal cavity in a dog. The stomach and intestines lie in front of the pancreas. The pancreas is shaped like a fish, having a head, a short neck, body and a tail.

The beginning portion of the small intestine called the duodenum surrounds the head of the pancreas. The body is located behind the stomach and the tail touches the spleen, located at the left upper portion of the abdomen, below the rib cage.

Many major blood vessels like the aorta and the vena cava, as well as nerve trunks pass through or very close to the pancreas. Continue reading