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Peritoneal spaces

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 18 Jun 2021

Peritoneal spaces are separate compartments within the peritoneal cavity.

Gross anatomy

These spaces are separated or compartmentalized by various peritoneal ligaments and their attachments. 

The peritoneal cavity can be divided into the following spaces:

Related pathology

The peritoneal spaces are important in peritoneal diseases, ascites, intraperitoneal collections or peritoneal metastases.

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: intraperitoneal bladder rupture outlining peritoneum
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