Anterior left subphrenic space

Last revised by Hamish Smith on 2 Aug 2021

The anterior left subphrenic space is a potential space between the fundus of the stomach and the left hemidiaphragm 1,2.

Gross anatomy

The anterior left subphrenic space is a subcompartment of the left supramesocolic space.

  • medial: falciform ligament (separates it from the anterior right subphrenic space)
  • superior: left coronary and triangular ligaments
  • anterior: anterior abdominal wall and anterior aspect of the left hemidiaphragm
  • posterior: left lobe of the liver 3,4

Related pathology

The anterior left subphrenic space is the most frequent location of abscess development secondary to generalized peritonitis 6.

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