Right subhepatic space
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The right subhepatic space, or hepatorenal pouch, lies between the upper pole of the right kidney and the inferior surface of the right lobe of the liver.
superiorly: inferior layer of the coronary ligament
laterally: right lateral abdominal wall
posteriorly: anterior surface of the superior aspect of right kidney
Intraperitoneal seeding of pelvic malignancies, particularly ovarian cancers, can occur in the right subhepatic and subphrenic spaces by transcoelomic spread up through the right paracolic gutter 1. Likewise, the right paracolic gutter also acts as a conduit for pelvic infections to track up into the right subhepatic and subphrenic spaces 2.
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