by James Pickering, PhD

The abdomen contains the organs of digestion, including the GI tract itself, the accessory glands (e.g., liver and pancreas), the adrenal glands, the kidneys and ureters, and the lymphoid organs in the form of the spleen and lymph nodes. Notable for the intricacy of its architecture, the abdomen serves as the site where the absorption of nutrients and processing of waste occurs.

In this course, the student will be introduced to the surface anatomy of the abdomen, the muscles of the abdominal wall, the inguinal region and the inguinal canal, the segments of the GI tract, the liver and biliary tree, the pancreas and spleen, the portal circulation, and the adrenal glands and kidneys.

For optimal comprehension, the student is encouraged to correlate the lessons of this course with their counterparts in histology, physiology, and embryology.

GI symptoms and abdominal pain are among the most commonly seen in clinical practice. The number of conditions that can affect the abdominal organs are endless. From common bloating to malignancy, all are expressed through abdominal pain, and it’s the job of a clinician to distinguish the different types of pain through a good interrogation and perform an adequate physical examination to determine the causes of a patient’s complaints.

For a competent physician and nurse, a good physical examination and clinical diagnosis depend on a good grasp of the anatomy and physiology of the abdominal organs. In the same vein, any intervention of the abdominal cavity, from a simple paracentesis to a midline laparotomy, demands a good knowledge of the surgical anatomy of the cavity to ensure that only the necessary structures are manipulated.

Course Details

  • Videos 73
  • Duration 5:12 h
  • Quiz questions 199
  • Concept Pages 19


Your Educators of course Abdomen

 James Pickering, PhD

James Pickering, PhD

Dr. James Pickering is a Professor of Anatomical Education at the University of Leeds, UK.
He obtained his PhD from the University of Leeds in 2019. Currently, he undertakes and publishes research within the areas of anatomy education, digital education, and curriculum design and evaluation.
Due to his achievements, he earned the University of Leeds Teaching Award and was named The Most Innovative Teacher of the Year 2014 and Learning Technologist of the Year 2014.
Within Lecturio, Dr. Pickering teaches courses on Anatomy.

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Well presented
By Iman a. on 11. December 2023 for Anatomy of the Liver and Gallbladder

A very informative, yet concise and clear presentation of the lecture material! Thank you, Dr. Pickering!

great lecture
By Eileen D. on 05. October 2023 for Posterior View of the Anterolateral Abdominal Wall

great lecture, i finally get it! amazing clear and precise information and yet to the point

Abdominal cavity
By Nazanin N. on 11. May 2023 for Abdomen

It was great I really enjoyed. I studied for my exam and I'm satisfied.

A great way to painlessly review
By Arnold C. on 02. December 2022 for Abdomen

Retired from practice, I still teach gastroenterology and related subjects at a medical school. Prior to assisting in the gross anatomy lab this was a great way to be sure I was ready for any student questions! It is always good to see another excellent lecturer present, as well.