Descending colon

Dr Owen Kang and Dr Henry Knipe et al.

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. 

Relations

Lymphatics travel with vessels to the inferior mesenteric group

Abdominal and pelvic anatomy
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rID: 22751
Section: Anatomy
Tags: colon, cases
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