Canal of Nuck

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Canal of Nuck
Latin processus vaginalis peritonei femininus
Anatomical terminology

The canal of Nuck, first described by Anton Nuck (de) in 1691,[1][2] is an abnormal patent (open) pouch of peritoneum extending into the labia majora of women. It is analogous to a patent processus vaginalis in males (see hydrocele, inguinal hernia). 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. pp. 130–8. 

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