Round ligament of the uterus

The round ligament is one of the supporting structures of the uterus. It has a function in uterine anteflexion.

It is part of the embryologic remnant of the gubernaculum.

It is a rope-like fibromuscular band which extends from the anterolateral aspect of the uterus anteriorly between the layers of the broad ligament. It passes through the deep inguinal ring into the inguinal canal.

  • cornu of the uterus, just below the origin of the uterine tube
  • labia majora and mons pubis soft tissues
  • Sampson's artery: runs under the round ligament and provides an anastomosis between ovarian and uterine arteries.

Can be seen as a soft tissue band between the uterus and inguinal canal

Low T1 and T2 signal.

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Article information

rID: 67858
System: Gynaecology
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Round ligament

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