Right subphrenic space

The right subphrenic space (a.k.a. right anterior space, right subdiaphragmatic space) is a potential space that lies between the right lobe of the liver and the inferior surface of the diaphragm.

Gross anatomy

This is a subcompartment of the supracolic compartment. It reaches as far as the upper boundary of the bare area of the liver.

Boundaries
Communications

Anatomically it communicates inferiorly with rest of the supramesocolic compartment, and the right subhepatic space and the lesser sac through the epiploic foramen. But, the clinically important subphrenic abscesses are often concealed and confined to the space.

Related pathology

Right subphrenic abscesses are often secondary to intra-abdominal sepsis (e.g. peritonitis, ruptured liver abscess, ruptured appendicular abscess), and may have an acute or chronic course. Gas accumulation within the space in a case of ruptured hollow viscera can be demonstrated radiologically free subdiaphragmatic gas.


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rID: 45403
Section: Anatomy
Tag: refs
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