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Overview
retroperitoneal structures
  • Labeled structures
    1. duodenum (2nd, 3rd, 4th parts)
    2. descending colon
    3. ascending colon
    4. kidneys
      • left kidney sits at spinal cord level T12-L3, right kidney slightly inferior
      • renal arteries take off aorta at L1
    5. pancreas (minus tail)
    6. aorta
    7. inferior vena cava (IVC)
      • formed at L4-L5 where common iliac veins come together 
  • Not shown in diagram
    • suprarenal glands aka adrenal glands
    • ureters
    • esophagus (lower 2/3)
    • rectum (upper 2/3)
  • "SAD PUCKER" mnemonic of retroperitoneal structures
    • Suprarenal glands (aka adrenal glands)
    • Aorta and IVC
    • Duodenum
    • Pancreas
    • Ureters
    • Colon (descending, ascending)
    • Kidneys
    • Esophagus
    • Rectum
 

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