Broad ligament of the uterus
|Broad ligament of the uterus|
Uterus and right broad ligament, seen from behind. (Broad ligament visible at center.)
|Latin||ligamentum latum uteri|
The broad ligament may be divided into three subcomponents:
- Mesometrium – the mesentery of the uterus; the largest portion of the broad ligament
- Mesosalpinx – the mesentery of the Fallopian tube
- Mesovarium – the mesentery of the ovaries.
The contents of the broad ligament include the following:
- Uterine tubes (or Fallopian tube)
- ovary (some sources consider the ovary to be on the broad ligament, but not in it.)
The peritoneum surrounds the uterus like a flat sheet that folds over its fundus, covering it anteriorly and posteriorly; on the sides of the uterus, this sheet of peritoneum comes in direct contact with itself, forming the double layer of peritoneum known as the broad ligament of the uterus.
The broad ligament serves as a mesentery for the uterus, ovaries, and the uterine tubes. It helps in maintaining the uterus in its position, but it is not a major contributing factor.
Broad ligament of adult, showing epoöphoron.
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- Anatomy image:9671 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center
- Anatomy image:9783 at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center
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