Does everyone have a duct of Santorini?

Most people have just one pancreatic duct. However, some have an additional accessory pancreatic duct, also called the Duct of Santorini. An accessory pancreatic duct can be functional or non-functional.

What does the duct of Santorini do?

A large main duct, the duct of Wirsung, collects pancreatic juice and empties into the duodenum. In many individuals a smaller duct (the duct of Santorini) also empties into the duodenum. Enzymes active in the digestion of carbohydrates, fat, and protein continuously flow from the pancreas through these ducts.

How rare is pancreatic Divisum?

Pancreatic divisum is a condition that occurs in 4-14% of the population. Pancreatic divisum occurs in development when the ventral bud and dorsal bud of the pancreas fail to fuse.

What happens if your pancreatic duct is blocked?

When the bile ducts are blocked, retention of bile salts in the blood can result also in considerable itching (pruritus). Blockage of the bile ducts or pancreatic ducts can cause pain due to overdistention. Lack of insulin secretion by the pancreas results in diabetes.

Is pancreatic duct same as bile duct?

This combined duct is called the common bile duct. The common bile duct passes through part of the pancreas before it joins with the pancreatic duct and empties into the first part of the small intestine (the duodenum) at the ampulla of Vater.

Where does the pancreatic duct drain?

The ventral duct persists as the main pancreatic duct (duct of Wirsung) which drains into the duodenum via the ampulla of Vater (major papilla). The dorsal duct becomes the accessory pancreatic duct (duct of Santorini) which drains via the minor (accessory) papilla.

How is pancreatic Divisum treated?

Pancreas divisum without symptoms needs no treatment. Treatment of patients with abdominal pain and recurrent pancreatitis attributable to pancreas divisum has not been well established. Some doctors will attempt sphincterotomy (cutting of the minor papilla during ERCP to enlarge its opening).

Can pancreatic Divisum cause pancreatitis?

Pancreas divisum is a congenital anomaly that occurs in about 10% of the population and is a potentially treatable cause of acute pancreatitis. The lifetime risk of pancreatitis for patients with pancreas divisum (5%–10%) is similar to risk in the general population.

How can I clean my pancreatic duct naturally?

Instead of cleanses, you can do these five things to support your body’s natural detoxification process:

  1. Drink plenty of water.
  2. Eat plenty of vegetables and fruits.
  3. Maintain bowel regularity through high fiber intake.
  4. Eat probiotic foods (yogurt, sauerkraut, tempeh, etc.)