Exploring the Abdomen
February 4 – 5, 2023 Amsterdam

February 4, 2023 09:00 - February 5, 2023 17:00 Meibergdreef 9, 1105 Amsterdam-Zuidoost

This 2-day dissection workshop will dissect the complete abdominal visceral anatomy on embalmed bodies, focusing on the peritoneal suspension of the organs and their mobility, innervation and irrigation. Explore the abdomen in 3D and behold the great anatomical varieties.

The course is divided into several blocks of theory and guided dissection. Each participant will work in small groups on a cadaver with an intact abdomen. After learning some dissection skills, the dissection starts with opening the abdomen and viewing the superficial structures. This is also where the link is made to the reference points used to orient the organs. Gradually the dissection progresses into the retroperitoneal space.

Each step will be guided by an experienced anatomist so that specific structures can be recovered. During the course there will be plenty of time to compare dissections on different cadavers. Discover the great anatomical variations of the abdomen. Several links will also be made to pathological situations with an anatomical background. At the end of the workshop there will also be enough time to perform dissections on structures of your choice.

This unique workshop allows you to experience human anatomy in an extraordinary way. The anatomists who will accompany you will do everything possible to support you and make this an unforgettable educational event.

In summary, this course will allow you to:

  • Refresh your anatomical knowledge of the subdiaphragmatic organs in a unique way.
  • Discover the complexity of the different layers in the abdomen and link it to different pathologies with an anatomical background.

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DAY 1 (09:00 tot 16:45):

Topic: In situ and intraperitoneal

Welcome day 1: 09:00 - 09:15

  • lecture +/- 1 hour 09:15 - 10:15
    • Introduction (programme day 1)
    • Anatomy and dissection of the intraperitoneal organs:
      • Organ location and parts.
      • Surface anatomy and palpation: liver, stomach, colon, appendix
      • Anatomical variations (stomach, appendix, size organs...))
      • Abdominal wall incision: skin, fat, connective tissue, ...
      • Exploration peritoneum and suspension (possibly to explain embryological rotation show by figure gray)
      • Recovery of blood vessels (A.mesenterica superior and inferior, truncus coeliacus) and nerves

Coffee break: 10:30 – 10:45

  • Dissection part 1: opening up abdomen: +/- 2 hours 10:45 – 12:30
    • Position of organs in situ
    • Palpations ifv surface anatomy (stomach, liver, colon, appendix,...)
    • Exploration of suspension/sliding surfaces of organs (parietal and visceral peritoneum mesos and omenta, radix mesenterii)
    • Retrieval of A. mesenterica superior and inferior

Lunch break: 12:30 – 13:30

  • Lecture 2: +/- 1 hour 13:30 – 14:15
    • Dissection Bursa omentalis, removal of left lobe of liver
    • Truncus and plexus coeliacus
    • Dissection lig. hepatoduodenal and posterior wall bursa omentalis
  • Dissection part 2: 14:15 - 15:30
    • Dissection bursa omentalis, removal of left hepatic lobe
    • Recovery of truncus and plexus coeliacus
    • Dissection lig. hepatoduodenal and posterior wall bursa omentalis

Break: 15:30 – 15:45

  • Dissection part 3: +/- 2 hours 15:45 – 16:45
    • Complete dissection of irrigation pathway and entrainment of an (intraperitoneal) organ of your choice (per table)
      • Proposals:
        • Arcade riolan
        • Ductus choledocus
        • ICK
    • Peer teaching: Each table demonstrates his/her work

End of day 1: 16:45

DAY 2 (09:00 tot 16:45):

Topic: Retroperitoneal and dorsal abdominal wall.

  • Welcome day 2: 09:00 - 09:15
    • Reflection day 1
    • Purpose of the day
  • Lecture 1: +/- 1 hours 09:15 - 10:00
    • Anatomy of retroperitoneal organs and dorsal abdominal wall:
      • Location, parts
      • Surface anatomy (and palpation).
      • Anatomical variations
      • Relationships with dorsal abdominal wall
      • Blood vessels and nerve pathways
      • Removal of intraperitoneal organs
  • Dissection part 1: 10:00 - 11:00
    • Removal of intraperitonael organs
    • Viewing PPP

Break: 11:00 – 11:15

  • Dissection part 2: +/- 2 hours 11:15 – 12:30
    • Continuation of dissection 1
    • Expose retroperiotoneal organs and dorsal abdominal wall

Lunch break: 12:30 – 13:30

  • Lecture 2: 13:30 – 14:15
    • Pathologies with an anatomical basis
      • Nutcracker syndrome
      • Vena ovarica syndrome
      • Dunbar syndrome (lig. Arcuatum syndrome)
      • Portal hypertension
  • Dissection part 3: 14:15 – 15:30
    • Further exposing retroperitoneal organs and dorsal abdominal wall
    • Search for:
      • Sphincter Oddi
      • Lig. Van Treitz
      • Kidneys and ureters

Break: 15:30 – 15:45

  • Dissection part 4: 15:45 – 16:45
    • Continuation of dissection 3
    • Free dissection and decision making by areas of interest

End of day 2: 16:45

Evaluation of the course


Specific course information “Exploring the Abdomen”

Eligibility for the “Exploring the abdomen” course:

Our general eligibility criteria can be found on the “Eligibility” page. For the “Face the Head” course, we firmly recommend a background in orofacial physical therapy or a proven related interest.


Accreditation from The Royal Dutch Society for Physiotherapy (KNGF) for orofacial therapy is pending.

Deadline for subscription:

The deadline for enrolment is two weeks prior to the start of the course. If you wish to subscribe after the deadline, please contact Anatomy-inside by sending an email to info@anatomyinside.com

Minimum number of attendees:

The minimum number of attendees for the “Exploring the Abdomen” course are 10 participants. If the minimum number of attendees is not met two weeks before the course date, the course maybe cancelled by Anatomy-Inside. If the course is cancelled, you will be informed as soon as possible and will be eligible for a full refund.

Maximum number of attendees:

The maximum number of attendees for the “Exploring the Abdomen” course are 15 participants. A small group provides an immersive learning environment ensuring all participants receive maximum attention and guidance.


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