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Retroperitoneal inflammation

Definition

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, and kidneys.

Alternative Names

Retroperitonitis

Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Symptoms

Signs and tests

Treatment

Support Groups

Expectations (prognosis)

Complications

Calling your health care provider

Prevention

References

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

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