Rectovaginal fascia

The rectovaginal fascia (often called rectovaginal septum or sometimes fascia of Otto) is a thin structure separating the vagina and the rectum. This corresponds to the rectoprostatic fascia in the male.[1]

Rectovaginal fascia
Sagittal section of the lower part of a female trunk, right segment. (Rectovaginal fascia not labeled, but region is visible.)
Median sagittal section of female pelvis. (Rectovaginal fascia not labeled, but region is visible.)
Latinfascia rectovaginalis
Anatomical terminology

Clinical significance

Perforations in it can lead to rectocele.[2][3]


  1. "Dorland's Medical Dictionary". Retrieved 2007-12-11.
  2. Ludwikowski B, Hayward IO, Fritsch H (2002). "Rectovaginal fascia: An important structure in pelvic visceral surgery? About its development, structure, and function". J. Pediatr. Surg. 37 (4): 634–8. doi:10.1053/jpsu.2002.31624. PMID 11912525.
  3. Kenton K, Shott S, Brubaker L (1999). "Outcome after rectovaginal fascia reattachment for rectocele repair". Am. J. Obstet. Gynecol. 181 (6): 1360–3, discussion 1363–4. doi:10.1016/S0002-9378(99)70406-0. PMID 10601913.

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