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What is the anatomical location of the pancreas?

retroperitoneal, 2nd lumbar verterbral level. Head lies in the duodenum and tail lies in the spleen


What are the functions of the endocrine and exocrine cells of the pancreas?

exocrine: acinar cells secrete pancreatic enzymes into pancreatic duct. endocrine: Islet of Langerhans cells secrete hormones into blood vessels


What is the function of alpha cells?

releases glucagon increasing blood glucose thru breakdown of glycogen, gluconeogenesis, transport AA into liver and converts to glucose, and activates adipose lipase


What stimulates alpha cells to release glucagon?

low glucose levels, high concentrations of AA, or strenuous excercise


What is the function of beta cells?

produce insulin which decreases blood glucose by increased uptake in cells, glycogenosis, prevent fat breakdown, increased protein synthesis, increased triglyceride synthesis,


What is the major regulator of insulin?

glucose. In pancreatic beta cell, glucose transporters allow influx of glucose: glucokinase. Results in closure of K+ channels and opening of Ca+ channels allowing secretion of insulin by exocytosis


What happens with intake of carbs?

secretion of insulin causes uptake and storage of glucose. If not used in muscle it's stored as glycogen in the liver. Once it has stored all the glycogen it can, insulin promotes conversion of glucose to fatty acids.


What is the effect of insulin on fat metabolism?

insulin activates lipoprotein lipase which splits the triglycerides into fatty acids again for them to be absorbed into the adipose cells


What is the effect of insulin on AAs?

Stimulates transport of many AA into the cells. Inhibits the catabolism of proteins especially in muscle cells.


What is the function of delta cells?

secretes somatostatin which inhibits secretion of GH, thyrotropin, insulin, glucagon, gastrin, gastric acid secretion, and exocrine secretion of pancreas


What cells are responsible for fluid and electrolyte secretion by the pancreas?

centroacinar cells


Describe the flow of the ductular system of the pancreas

acinus-->small intercalated ducts-->interlobular duct-->pancreatic duct


What activates the pancreatic digestive enzymes?

In the intestinal lumen glycoprotein peptidase activates trypsinogen then trypsin activates the other inactive proenzymes


How do pancreatic secretions affect pH of the small intestine?

Sodium bicarbonate is secreted by small ductules from the acini. The ductule cells are stimulated by secretin released when acidic chyme enters the small inestine. water and bicarb makes the small intestine more alkaline so the pancreatic enzymes work better


What factors regulate pancreatic secretion?

acetylcholine from vagal nerve increase secretions, secretin stimulates release of H2O/bicarb, CCK stimulates greater enzyme release, and trypsin inhibitor prevents activation of trypsinogen


What causes pancreatitis?

pancreas becomes damaged or duct blocked, then secretions back up and overwhelm trypsin inhibitor. pancreatic secretions become activated and “digest” pancreas


What are the sympathoadrenal symptoms of hypoglycemia?

sweating, nausea, hunger, warmth, tremor, palpitations, tachycardia


What are the neuroglycopenic symptoms of hypoglycemia?

fatigue, HA, drowsiness, dizziness, visual disturbances, difficulty speaking, loss of memory, confusion, LOC, seizures


What are the conditions of Whipple's Triad?

Grouping of symptoms consistent with hypoglycemia. Low plasma glucose (< 55 mg/dL)‏. Relief of symptoms by raising plasma glucose


What can cause reactive hypoglycemia?

severe exercise, meds (insulin, B-blockers, bactrim MAO inhibitors, sulfonylureas)


What can cause functional hypoglycemia?

hepatic/renal dysfunction, malnutrition, endocrinopathies, pancreatic tumors, alcohol


How is a posthypoglycemic coma treated?

IV mannitol (40 g as a 20% solution over 20 minutes) or glucocorticoids (e.g., dexamethasone, 10 mg), or both


What is the most common cause of hypoglycemia in an insulin-treated patient?

omission of a meal while insulin was given, an error in medication, or unpredictive absorption of food in a patient (gastroparesis).


What is a posthypoglycemic coma?

Unconsciousness lasting more than 30 minutes after plasma glucose is corrected