Disambiguation: Duodenal ampulla redirects here. This page is not to be confused with the Ampulla of Vater
(also known as the hepatopancreatic ampulla); the union of the pancreatic duct and the common bile duct.
||ampulla duodeni; bulbus duodeni
The duodenal cap or duodenal ampulla is the very first part of the duodenum which is slightly dilated.
It is the part which is intraperitoneal and is about 2 cm long. It is mobile and has a mesentery. It is also smooth walled.
It is the most common location of duodenal ulcers as it is where the acidic chyme meets the duodenal mucosa before mixing with the alkaline secretions of the duodenum.
- ^ Smith, Margaret E. The Digestive System.
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