Recto-vesical pouch

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Recto-vesical pouch
Median sagittal section of male pelvis. (Rectovesical excavation labeled at center right.)
Male pelvic organs seen from right side. Bladder and rectum distended; relations of peritoneum to the bladder and rectum shown in blue. The arrow points to the rectovesical pouch.
Latin Excavatio rectovesicalis
Gray's p.1152
TA A10.1.02.513M
FMA 14727
Anatomical terminology

Between the rectum and the bladder the peritoneal cavity forms, in the male, a pouch, the rectovesical excavation ('rectovesical pouch), the bottom of which is slightly below the level of the upper ends of the vesiculae seminales—i. e., about 7.5 cm. from the orifice of the anus. A membranous partition called the Rectoprostatic fascia (Denonvillier's fascia) is located at the lowest part of the rectovesical pouch.

The corresponding structure in women is the rectouterine pouch.

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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