Urogenital diaphragm


Urogenital diaphragm

Older texts have asserted the existence of an "urogenital diaphragm", which was described as a layer of the pelvis that separates the deep perineal sac from the upper pelvis, lying between the inferior fascia of the urogenital diaphragm and superior fascia of the urogenital diaphragm.

This term is used to refer to a layer of the pelvis that separates the deep perineal sac from the upper pelvis, though some argue that it is part of other anatomy. [cite journal | author = Kaye K, Milne N, Creed K, van der Werf B | title = The 'urogenital diaphragm', external urethral sphincter and radical prostatectomy. | journal = Aust N Z J Surg | volume = 67 | issue = 1 | pages = 40–4 | year = 1997 | pmid = 9033375 | doi = 10.1111/j.1445-2197.1997.tb01892.x] cite web |url=http://www.dartmouth.edu/~humananatomy/part_6/chapter_38.html |title=Chapter 38: The perineal region and external genitalia |accessdate=2007-12-09 |format= |work=] cite journal |author=Oelrich TM |title=The urethral sphincter muscle in the male |journal=Am. J. Anat. |volume=158 |issue=2 |pages=229–46 |year=1980 |pmid=7416058 |doi=10.1002/aja.1001580211] cite journal |author=Mirilas P, Skandalakis JE |title=Urogenital diaphragm: an erroneous concept casting its shadow over the sphincter urethrae and deep perineal space |journal=J. Am. Coll. Surg. |volume=198 |issue=2 |pages=279–90 |year=2004 |pmid=14759786 |doi=10.1016/j.jamcollsurg.2003.07.022 |url=http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S1072-7515(03)01056-1] cite journal |author=Dorschner W, Biesold M, Schmidt F, Stolzenburg JU |title=The dispute about the external sphincter and the urogenital diaphragm |journal=J. Urol. |volume=162 |issue=6 |pages=1942–5 |year=1999 |pmid=10569543 |doi=10.1016/S0022-5347(05)68074-3]

While it has no official entry in Terminologia Anatomica, the term is still used occasionally to describe the muscular components of the deep perineal pouch. The urethra and the vagina, though part of the pouch, are usually said to be passing through the urogenital diaphragm, rather than part of the diaphragm itself.

Some researchers still assert that such a diaphragm exists, cite journal |author=Herschorn S |title=Female pelvic floor anatomy: the pelvic floor, supporting structures, and pelvic organs |journal=Rev Urol |volume=6 Suppl 5 |issue= |pages=S2–S10 |year=2004 |pmid=16985905 |doi=] and the term is still used in the literature.cite journal |author=Hruby S, Ebmer J, Dellon AL, Aszmann OC |title=Anatomy of pudendal nerve at urogenital diaphragm--new critical site for nerve entrapment |journal=Urology |volume=66 |issue=5 |pages=949–52 |year=2005 |pmid=16286101 |doi=10.1016/j.urology.2005.05.032 |url=http://linkinghub.elsevier.com/retrieve/pii/S0090-4295(05)00756-9]

The term "urogenital diaphragm" is often confused with the pelvic floor, which is a true diaphragm supporting many of the pelvic organs.

In our school we operate with these terms:

The perineum actually is the pelvic exit, closed by the pelvic and urogenital diaphragms.

The pelvic diaphragm divides the minor pelvic cavity (true pelvis) into two compertments. They are the1 Superior compartment, containing the pelvic viscera, and2 The inferior compartment called ischiorectal fossa.

The urogenital diaphragm closes the anterior part of the ischiorectal fossa, leaving the fossa open posteriorly.

The urogenital diaphragm is made of 2(paired)muscles. the deep and superficial transverse perineal muscles. These two muscles join in front of the rectum, and form the perineal body.

Deep transverse perineal muscle: originates from the inferior pubic ramus snd the ramus of ischium. Runs medially and fuse in the midline. This muscle is interrupted once in male and twice in female, by the urethra and the vagina passing through it.

Around the urethra, the deep transverse perineal muscle forms a separate, ringlike valve, the sphincter urethrae in male, and a similar urethrovaginal sphincter in female.

This muscle does not attach to the symphysis. As a result, we can see a space between it, and the symphysis called as the retropubic space. Through this space exits the dorsal and deep arteries of penis/clitoris.

Superficial transverse perineal muscle: this muscle is a narrow bundle of skeletal muscle. Extend at the posterior border of the deep transverse perineal muscle, and insert on the perineal body.

The fascia of the urogenital diaphragm, the superficial and deep perineal fascia, lines both muscles.The superficial perineal fascia is lining the inferior surface of the urogenital diaphragm; meanwhile the deep fascia overlies the superior surface of the same diaphragm.


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