Peritoneal Cavity

The peritoneal cavity is the space inside the smooth membrane that lines the abdomen (peritoneal membrane, or peritoneum). The organs of the abdomen and pelvis, such as the stomach and large intestine, are contained in the peritoneal cavity.

Current as of: April 3, 2017

Author: Healthwise Staff

Medical Review: Anne C. Poinier, MD - Internal Medicine & Tushar J. Vachharajani, MD, FASN, FACP - Nephrology