Malabsorption means your body is not absorbing nutrients from the foods you eat. One organ that can...
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Malabsorption means your body is not absorbing nutrients from the foods you eat. One organ that can play an important role is your pancreas. This organ lies partly behind your stomach and partly in the curve of the duodenum - the first part of the small intestine, where food enters after leaving your stomach. The pancreas produces fluid that helps with digestion in the small intestine. The fluid collects and flows in ducts that run the length of the pancreas. Just before entering the duodenum, the pancreatic ducts join up with the common bile duct. Bile, another fluid that helps with digestion comes from the liver and gallbladder. If these ducts become blocked so that bile and pancreatic fluid can't flow into the duodenum, digestion of foods will be affected and certain nutrients may not be absorbed. A tumor at the head of the pancreas around the ducts is one possible cause. Bile - which flows from the gallbladder and liver - can back up and spill into the bloodstream. This can cause jaundice, or yellowing, of tissues, especially the eyes.