Posterior left perihepatic space

Last revised by Mark Thurston on 2 Aug 2021

The posterior left perihepatic space (also known as the subhepatic space or gastrohepatic recess) is a potential space that lies between the inferior aspect of the left lobe of the liver and the lesser omentum posteriorly.

Gross anatomy

The posterior left perihepatic space is separated from the anterior left perihepatic space by the left lobe of the liver, both are subcompartments of the left supramesocolic space. 


The left posterior perihepatic space is continuous anteroinferiorly with the left anterior perihepatic space.

Related pathology

Collections from perforated peptic ulcers and gallbladder inflammation can collect in the left posterior perihepatic space 2.

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