What is the average weight of a human pancreas?

For an adult female?
 
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Posted on May. 7th, 2008

Most sources say it weighs between 70-100 grams on average.

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Posted on May. 1st, 2008

I've read a study that put it at 66 grams, but that may have been just from their group of subjects.

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Posted on May. 6th, 2008

A study was conducted in which the pancreases of various cadavers were weighed to determine whether or not pancreas weight could be predicted withough physically weighing it. Here is a short summary of their results.

-In men, pancreas weight correlated more closely with body weight than with age, height, or BMI.
-In younger donors, body weight and age were the major predictors of pancreas weight [pancreas weight (g) = 4.355 + 0.742 × body weight (kg) + 0.837 × age (years)] (R 2 = 0.564, p < 0.001)
-In contrast, pancreas weight of elderly donors was best predicted by BSA and gender [pancreas weight (g) = &#8722;17.624 + 60.036 × BSA (m2) &#8722; 7.152 × gender] (R 2 = 0.372, p < 0.001; “gender”: 1 = female, 0 = male)

So, a 60kg 20 year old woman would be predicted to have a pancreas weighing 65.6 grams.

Study:
Kin T, Murdoch T, Shapiro, A, Lakey, J. Estimation of Pancreas Weight From Donor Variables. Cell Transplantation 2006;15(2):181-185


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Posted on May. 1st, 2008

between 10 and 20 grams... or so i've read.

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Posted on May. 2nd, 2008

I'm interested in this too. Could someone provide references?

I'm wondering how they collect this data...for some reason, I don't think this is regular procedure with cadavers (to collect and publish/make available to researchers the data).

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