Retropubic space

The retropubic space (also known as the prevesical space or cave of Retzius) is an extraperitoneal space located posterior to the pubic symphysis and anterior to the urinary bladder. It is separated from the anterior abdominal wall by the transversalis fascia and extends to the level of the umbilicus. 

History and etymology 

It is named after Anders Retzius, a Swedish professor of anatomy.

Related pathology

Abdominal and pelvic anatomy
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Article information

rID: 27783
System: Urogenital
Section: Anatomy
Tags: stub, cases, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Space of Retzius
  • Cave of Retzius
  • Prevesical space

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