The Peritoneal Cavity and Reflections

  • Y. H. Auh
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Part of the Syllabus book series (SYLLABUS)


The peritoneal cavity is the largest lumen in the body. It is enveloped by the parietal peritoneum which lines the abdominal wall, and by the visceral peritoneum which lines the abdominal viscera. Although it is a single space, because of the abdominal organs and their related peritoneal reflections, it is subdivided into multiple compartments and recesses. It is convenient to divide the peritoneal cavity into the supramesocolic space, the inframesocolic space, and the pelvic space (Fig. 1).


Caudate Lobe Great Omentum Small Bowel Mesentery Paracolic Gutter Gastrohepatic Ligament 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Y. H. Auh
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  1. 1.Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Asan Medical CenterUniversity of Ulsan College of MedicineSeoulKorea

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