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Retroperitoneal inflammation

Retroperitoneal inflammation is swelling that occurs in the retroperitoneal space.

The retroperitoneal space is in front of the lower back and behind the abdominal lining (peritoneum). Organs in this space include the:

  • Pancreas
  • Spleen
  • Kidneys

Alternative Names



Turnage RH, Badgwell B. Abdominal wall, umbilicus, peritoneum, mesenteries, omentum, and retroperitoneum. In: Townsend CM Jr, Beauchamp RD, Evers BM, Mattox KL, eds. Sabiston Textbookof Surgery. 19th ed. Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier Saunders; 2012:chap 45.

Update Date 11/2/2014

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