- Omental foramen
Omental foramen Vertical disposition of the peritoneum. Main cavity, red; omental bursa, blue. (Bristle in omental foramen labeled at upper left.) Omental foramen is at #14. Latin foramen omentale Gray's subject #246 1156
In human anatomy, the omental foramen (Epiploic foramen, foramen of Winslow, or uncommonly aditus. Lat: Foramen epiploicum), is the passage of communication, or foramen, between the greater sac (general cavity (of the abdomen)), and the lesser sac.
It has the following borders:
- anterior: the free border of the lesser omentum, known as the hepatoduodenal ligament. This has two layers and within these layers are the common bile duct, hepatic artery, and hepatic portal vein.
- posterior: the peritoneum covering the inferior vena cava
- superior: the peritoneum covering the caudate lobe of the liver
- inferior: the peritoneum covering the commencement of the duodenum and the hepatic artery, the latter passing forward below the foramen before ascending between the two layers of the lesser omentum.
- left lateral: gastrosplenic ligament and splenorenal ligament
- Terms for anatomical location
- foramen.aspx ii/f/omental foramen article at GE's Medcyclopaedia
- SUNY Labs 37:08-0100 - "Abdominal Cavity: The Omental Foramen"
- SUNY Anatomy Image 7826
- SUNY Anatomy Image 7831
- SUNY Anatomy Image 7875
- peritoneum at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University)
- abdominalcavity at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University) (xsectthrulesseromentum)
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