Retropubic space

The retropubic space (also known as the prevesical spacecave of Retzius or cavum Retzii) is an extraperitoneal space located posterior to the pubic symphysis and anterior to the urinary bladder. It is separated from the anterior abdominal wall by the transversalis fascia and extends to the level of the umbilicus

History and etymology 

This space is named after Anders Retzius (1796–1860), a Swedish professor of anatomy 4.

Related pathology

Anatomy: Abdominopelvic

Anatomy: Abdominopelvic

Article information

rID: 27783
System: Urogenital
Section: Anatomy
Tag: stub, stub
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Cavum Retzii
  • Space of Retzius
  • Cave of Retzius
  • Prevesical space

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: contrast in retropubic space
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  • Case 2: space of Retzius hematoma
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  • Case 3: median umbilical ligament
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