Cardinal ligament

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Cardinal ligament
Latin ligamentum cardinale, ligamentum transversum cervicis, ligamentum transversalis colli
Gray's subject #268 1261
Dorlands/Elsevier l_09/13541169

The cardinal ligament (or lateral cervical ligament, or transverse cervical ligament[1]) is at the base of the broad ligament of the uterus (though it is not usually considered one of the three traditional divisions of that ligament).

It is attached to the side of the cervix uteri and to the vault and lateral fornix of the vagina, and is continuous externally with the fibrous tissue which surrounds the pelvic blood vessels.

See also


External links

  • Cardinal+ligament at eMedicine Dictionary
  • Human anatomy at Dartmouth figures/chapter_35/35-5.HTM
  • Human anatomy at Dartmouth part_6/chapter_35.html
  • Kato T, Murakami G, Yabuki Y (2002). "Does the cardinal ligament of the uterus contain a nerve that should be preserved in radical hysterectomy?". Anat Sci Int. 77 (3): 161–8. PMID 12422408.
  • Kato T, Murakami G, Yabuki Y (2003). "A new perspective on nerve-sparing radical hysterectomy: nerve topography and over-preservation of the cardinal ligament". Jpn J Clin Oncol. 33 (11): 589–91. PMID 14711985.

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