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Cervical plicae palmatae

Cervical plicae palmatae are normal folds seen on the anterior and posterior walls of the cervical canal. They are often described as longitudinal ridges or oblique elevation.

Sometimes they are identified on MRI, and one must make sure not to misinterpret this finding as abnormal. Studies report it in 50% of women between the ages of 20-50 years and 25% of women in their sixth decade of life 2.

They are thought to be a remnant of Müllerian duct fusion.

History and etymology

"Plicae palmatae" is Latin for "leaf-shaped fold".

Article information

rID: 37076
System: Gynaecology
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Plicae palmatae
  • Endocervix plicae palmatae
  • Endocervical plicae palmatae
  • Cervical longitudinal fold

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: inadvertently imaged due to cervical cannulation
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