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 84
  • Duration 5:01 h
  • Quiz questions 214
  • Concept Pages 15


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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Clear presentation
By Debra J. on 11. September 2022 for Abdomen

The lecturer explains the topics very clearly and highlights the important points of each lecture distinctly.

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"The devil is in the details"
By Deborah H. on 21. May 2022 for Abdomen

I will always recommend the Lecturio platform to anyone studying for the medical boards who have been away from clinical and didactic. The level of detail that the lectures approach is so helpful. However, sometimes the bigger perspective should always be kept and mentioned throughout the lectures. There are times when I "lose sight of the forest for the trees". It will also help to remind the listener of associated functions constantly. Thank you, sincerely.

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By Leocadia N. on 03. May 2022 for Abdomen

Information is precise and concise. But probably imagine from another angle could be used