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Chapter 17: The Peritoneal Cavity and Abdominal Wall

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abscess

localized collection of pus

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ascites

accumulation of serous fluid in the peritoneal cavity

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gutters

most dependent areas in the flanks of the abdomen and pelvis where fluid may accumulate

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hemorrhage

collection of blood

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leukocytosis

increase in the number of leukocytes (white blood cells)

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mesentery

a fold from the parietal peritoneum that attaches to the small intestine, anchoring it to the posterior abdominal wall

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Morison’s pouch

space anterior to the right kidney and posterior to the inferior border of the liver where ascites or fluid may accumulate or an abscess may develop

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omentum

pouchlike extension of the visceral peritoneum from the lower edge of the stomach, part of the duodenum, and the transverse colon

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peritonitis

inflammation of the peritoneum

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pyogenic

pus producing

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sandwich sign

occurs when a vessel or organ is surrounded by a tumor on either side

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sepsis

spread of an infection from its initial site to the bloodstream

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septicemia

infection in the blood

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subhepatic

inferior to the liver

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subphrenic

below the diaphragm

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urinoma

cyst containing urine


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