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Simplified anatomical nomenclature of lateral female pelvic spaces
  1. Denis Querleu,
  2. Nicolò Bizzarri,
  3. Francesco Fanfani,
  4. Anna Fagotti and
  5. Giovanni Scambia
  1. Gynecologic Oncology, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, Rome, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Professor Denis Querleu, Gynecologic oncology, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario Agostino Gemelli IRCCS, Roma, Lazio, Italy; denis.querleu{at}


Objectives The surgical management of gynecological malignancies involves the development of spaces and division of structures attaching the genital tract to other pelvic organs and to the pelvic sidewall. Definition, description, and denomination of these components are heterogeneous and may not be consistent with the anatomical nomenclature. The purpose of this article is to propose a simplified nomenclature of surgical anatomy of the female pelvis.

Methods We performed dissection of fresh cadavers at the anatomy laboratory of the University of the Sacred Heart, Rome, Italy. Dissections were designed to illustrate surgical concepts developed by the first author. All authors agreed a consensus on the description and denomination of the nomenclature.

Results The nomenclature system results in a simplified nomenclature, purely descriptive, avoiding eponyms, designed to be used by surgeons, teachers, staff members, and trainees.

Conclusions Simplification of the anatomical description of the female pelvis is crucial to standardize operative reports in clinical practice.

  • Surgical Procedures, Operative

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  • Contributors Conceptualization, DQ; methodology, all authors; writing—original draft preparation, DQ; writing—review and editing, all authors; internal funding acquisition, GS. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the article. DQ acts as guarantor.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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