The Extraperitoneal Spaces: Normal and Pathologic Anatomy

  • Morton A. Meyers
  • Chusilp Charnsangavej
  • Michael Oliphant


The extraperitoneal portion of the abdomen has always been considered a difficult region in terms of anatomic definitions, clinical evaluation, and radiologic diagnosis. Anatomically, it has been vaguely considered as occupying the posterior half of the abdomen, without well-defined fascial boundaries. Clinically, it is commonly recognized that extraperitoneal effusions are difficult to diagnose. The area is not accessible to the bedside modalities of auscultation, palpation, or percussion. Symptoms and signs may be obscure, delayed, nonspecific, or misleading.


Psoas Muscle Pararenal Space Transversalis Fascia Perirenal Space Renal Fascia 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Morton A. Meyers
    • 1
  • Chusilp Charnsangavej
    • 2
  • Michael Oliphant
    • 3
  1. 1.State University of New YorkStony BrookUSA
  2. 2.The University of Texas, M.D. Anderson Cancer CenterHoustonUSA
  3. 3.Department of RadiologyWake Forest University, School of MedicineWinston-SalemUSA

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