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Updated: Aug 13 2021

Retroperitoneal Structures

  • Overview
    • 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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