Descending colon

The descending colon is the continuation of the transverse colon after the left colic flexure, where the colon loses its mesentery

The descending colon measures up to 25 cm length and is secondarily retroperitoneal. It descends down and is attached to the left posterior abdominal wall and continues as the sigmoid colon. Peritoneum covers the anterior and lateral surfaces. 

Lymphatics travel with vessels to the inferior mesenteric group

Anatomy: abdominopelvic
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