Retropubic space

Last revised by Melbourne Uni Radiology Masters on 5 May 2021

The retropubic space (also known as the prevesical spacecave of Retzius or cavum Retzii) 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 

This space is named after Anders Retzius (1796–1860), a Swedish professor of anatomy 4.

Related pathology

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: contrast in retropubic space
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  • Case 2: space of Retzius hematoma
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  • Case 3: median umbilical ligament
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