Canal of Nuck

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Canal of Nuck
Latin processus vaginalis peritonei femininus
Gray's p.1261
Anatomical terminology

The canal of Nuck, first described by Anton Nuck in 1691,[1][2] is an abnormal patent (open) pouch of peritoneum extending into the labia majora of women. It is analogous to the processus vaginalis in males (see hydrocele). In rare cases, it may give rise to a cyst or a hydrocele in women. The pouch accompanies the gubernaculum during development of the urinary and reproductive organs, more specifically during the descent of the ovaries, and normally obliterates.[citation needed]

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  1. ^ synd/2644 at Who Named It?
  2. ^ Nuck, Anton (1691). "De Peritonaei Diverticulis Novis" [The new Peritone Diverticulitis]. Adenographia curiosa et uteri foeminei anatome nova [Curious and of the womb of the female anatomy a new Adenographia] (in Latin). Leiden. p. 130–8. 

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