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Rectouterine pouch

Rectouterine pouch,rectovaginal pouch,cul-de-sac or pouch of douglas is an extension of peritoneum between rectum and posterior wall of uterus in females. It is the most dependent part of the peritoneal cavity


The pouch is bounded.                          Anteriorly by uterus and posterior fornix of vagina.                                                    Posteriorly by the rectum and                                         Inferiorly by the peritoneal rectovaginal fold


The pouch is useful in persons to treat the final stage of renal failure where it is a prefered place for peritoneal dialysis


Being a most dependent and lower area of the peritoneal cavity of females in supine position the pathology such as ascites,pus,tumor etc....can spread easily
It is named after the Scottish anatomist Dr. James Douglas (1675–1742) who extensively explored this region of the female body

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