Peritoneal spaces

Peritoneal spaces are separate compartments within the peritoneal cavity. These spaces are separated or compartmentalized by various peritoneal ligaments and their attachments. 

The peritoneal spaces are significant in the peritoneal diseases, ascites, intraperitoneal collections or peritoneal metastasis.

Peritoneal cavity can be divided into following spaces:

  • supramesocolic space
    • right supramesocolic space:
    • left supramesocolic space:
      • anterior left perihepatic space
      • posterior left perihepatic space
      • anterior left subphrenic space
      • posterior left subphrenic (perisplenic) space
  • inframesocolic space:
    • right inframesocolic space
    • left inframesocolic space
    • right and left para-colic gutters
  • pelvic spaces:
    • para-vesical spaces
    • rectovesical pouch
    • rectouterine pouch (pouch of Douglas): in females
Abdominal and pelvic anatomy
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Section: Anatomy
Tag: pm
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