Median umbilical ligament

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Staging CT for biopsy confirmed Hogkins lymphoma in a cervical neck node.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male

Focal thickening at the central aspect of the dome of the bladder with a linear abnormality extending cranially towards the umbilicus.

Case Discussion

The urachus connects the dome of the bladder to the umbilical cord during fetal life and is located behind the abdominal wall and anterior to the peritoneum in the space of Retzius.

By birth, the urachus is obliterated and becomes a vestigial structure known as the median umbilical ligament - this is evident on this CT scan.

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Case information

rID: 23856
Published: 13th Jul 2013
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Urogenital
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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