Canal of Nuck

The canal of Nuck is an abnormal patent pouch of parietal peritoneum extending anteriorly to the round ligament of the uterus into the labia majora through the inguinal ring into the inguinal canal. Incomplete obliteration of this canal (patent processus vaginalis) can result in either an inguinal hernia or a hydrocoele in female children. It can provide a pathway for superficial inguinal endometriosis

History and etymology

It is named after Anton Nuck (1650-1692), a Dutch anatomist 2.

Related pathology

Abdominal and pelvic anatomy
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Article Information

rID: 11091
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Nuck canal
  • Nuck's canal

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