retroperitoneal space

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1. a delimited area.
2. an actual or potential cavity of the body.
3. the areas of the universe beyond the earth and its atmosphere. adj., adj spa´tial.
danger space a subdivision of the retropharyngeal space, extending from the base of the skull to the level of the diaphragm; so called because it provides a route by which infection of the pharynx can spread to the mediastinum.
dead space see dead space.
epidural space the space between the dura mater and the lining of the spinal canal.
intercostal space the space between two adjacent ribs.
interpleural space mediastinum.
interproximal space (interproximate space) the space between the proximal surfaces of adjoining teeth; called also proximal or proximate space.
intervillous space the space of the placenta into which the chorionic villi project and through which the maternal blood circulates.
lymph s's open spaces filled with lymph in connective or other tissue, especially in the brain and meninges.
Meckel's space a recess in the dura mater that lodges the trigeminal ganglion.
mediastinal space mediastinum.
medullary space the central cavity and the intervals between the trabeculae of bone that contain the marrow.
palmar space a large fascial space in the hand, divided by a fibrous septum into a midpalmar and a thenar space.
parasinoidal s's spaces in the dura mater along the superior sagittal sinus which receive the venous blood.
perivascular space a lymph space within the walls of an artery.
plantar space a fascial space on the sole of the foot, divided by septa into the lateral, middle, and median plantar spaces.
pneumatic space a portion of bone occupied by air-containing cells, especially the spaces constituting the paranasal sinuses.
proximal space (proximate space) interproximal space.
retroperitoneal space the space between the peritoneum and the posterior abdominal wall.
retropharyngeal space the space behind the pharynx, containing areolar tissue.
subarachnoid space the space between the arachnoid and the pia mater, containing cerebrospinal fluid.
subdural space a narrow fluid-containing space, often only a potential space, between the dura mater and the arachnoid.
subphrenic space the space between the diaphragm and underlying organs.
subumbilical space somewhat triangular space in the body cavity beneath the umbilicus.
Tenon's space a lymph space between the sclera and Tenon's capsule.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

ret·ro·per·i·to·ne·al space

the space between the parietal peritoneum and the muscles and bones of the posterior abdominal wall.
Farlex Partner Medical Dictionary © Farlex 2012

ret·ro·per·i·to·ne·al space

(ret'rō-per'i-tŏ-nē'ăl spās) [TA]
The space between the parietal peritoneum and the muscles and bones of the posterior abdominal wall.
Medical Dictionary for the Health Professions and Nursing © Farlex 2012
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And the complex anatomical adjacency structures of the splanchnic nerves and the retroperitoneal space around the kidney may explain the little clinical practice of the laparoscopy on the nerves, which requires accurate anatomic location (Wang e al.).
Computed tomography (CT) of the abdomen and pelvis revealed an approximately 10 x 10 cm tumor in the retroperitoneal space, immediately anterior to theaorticbifurcation, highinthepelvis, andposteriorlytothe upper third of the rectum (Figure 1(a)).
The first step is to confirm whether the tumor is located within the retroperitoneal space. It is useful to observe the displacement of normal anatomic structures.
The specimen contained tissue of the entire retroperitoneal space between the right iliac vessels, liver, inferior vena cava, and lateral abdominal wall.
During operation doctors should carefully check the whole abdominal cavity for any missing lesion especially the upper abdomen and retroperitoneal spaces which are often obscured by other organs and can be difficult to access.
Similar changes it was revealed in the retroperitoneal space, near the head of the pancreas.
(8) CT scan is a better screening method to better visualize the retroperitoneal space and collateral circulation.
(5) The common locations are the posterior mediastinum, and the retroperitoneal space. Retroperitoneal pelvic location is very rare and only few case histories have been reported.
The occurrence of metastasis outside the abdomen and retroperitoneal space in invasive carcinoma of the cervix.
Most aneurysms rupture into the retroperitoneal space and patients present with the classic triad of sudden onset, severe abdominal and/or back pain, circulatory collapse due to hypovolaemic shock and a pulsatile, tender abdominal mass.
Under high pressure, the intra-abdominal air can reach the mediastinum directly through a diaphragmatic defect (4), or via the retroperitoneal space and the oesophageal hiatus (5).

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