Falciform ligament and ligamentum teres outlined by ascites

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Unwell with loss of weight and abdominal distension. Also has shortness of breath with bilateral pleural effusions.

Patient Data

Age: 50
Gender: Female

Fluid outlines the falciform ligament joining the liver to the diaphragm and abdominal wall attached at its lower end to the round ligament or ligamentum teres (unusually in this case surrounded by fat) containing the paraumbilical vein

Case Discussion

The falciform ligament attaches the liver to the anterior body wall. It is falciform in shape (like a sickle). It is composed of two layers of peritoneum closely united and its inferior free edge contains between its layers the round ligament and paraumbilical veins.

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Case information

rID: 30739
Published: 31st Aug 2014
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
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