Exploration of peritoneal cavity

Retrocecal fossa; retrocecal appendix

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Image #140-1
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Exploration of peritoneal cavity
Retrocecal fossa; retrocecal appendix
Comparison of this specimen with the one shown in the preceding view (139-7) serves to demonstrate variations in the attachment of the cecum to the posterior abdominal wall. In the present example a cecal fold (5) forms one boundary of a deep retrocecal fossa into which the appendix extends.
1 . Cecum (elevated)
2 . Omental taenia coli
3 . Mesoappendix
4 . Retrocecal recess
5 . Cecal fold
6 . Mesenteries
7 . Ileum
8 . Vermiform appendix (sharply angulated; upper pointer indicates distal segment)
9 . Pelvic cavity