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Culdoscopy, Cul-de-sac, Culdoscope, Culdocentesis Print E-mail

Dr. Kennedy Culdoscopy is the introduction of a viewing tube (called an endoscope or culdoscope) through the end of the vagina into the cul-de-sac. The cul-de-sac is also called the rectouterine pouch (aka Pouch of Douglas), and it is an extension of the peritoneal cavity between the rectum and back wall of the uterus. If it is necessary to puncture and aspirate (withdraw) fluid from the cul-de-sac for testing (as in, for example, a search for cancer cells or bacteria), this is called a culdocentesis. In French, "cul-de-sac" means literally "bottom of sack." As early as the 13th century, a cul-de-sac was also a dead-end street or a blind alley. A "centesis" is a puncture (from the Greek kentesis = puncture).

The information in this article is not meant to be medical advice.�Treatment for a medical condition should come at the recommendation of your personal physician.

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