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Broad ligament

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 08 Apr 2021

The broad ligaments (TA: ligamentum latum uteri or plica lata uteri 4) are the paired lateral folds of the parietal peritoneum which reflect over the upper genital tract in females.

The broad ligament extends from the lateral aspect of the uterus to the lateral pelvic wall and can be divided into three main components - the mesosalpinx, mesovarium and mesometrium. The broad ligament is usually considered to form part of the adnexa.

The contents of the broad ligament include:

A useful mnemonic to remember the contents can be found here.

  • congenital absence of the broad ligament

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Cases and figures

  • Figure 1: uterine ligaments (Gray's illustration)
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