Cardiac glands

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Cardiac glands
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Section of mucous membrane of human stomach, near the cardiac orifice. X 45.
c. Cardiac glands.
d. Their ducts.
cr. Gland similar to the intestinal glands, with goblet cells.
mm. Mucous membrane.
m. Muscularis mucosae.
m’. Muscular tissue within the mucous membrane.
Gray's p.1166

The cardiac glands of the stomach secrete primarily mucus. In humans, they are few in number and occur close to the cardiac orifice where the esophagus joins the stomach.

In general, they are more shallow than those in the other parts of the stomach.

They are of two kinds:

The cardiac gland is both innervated by the parasympathetic and sympathetic nerve fibres of the autonomic nervous system.

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This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.