Schematic frontal view of female anatomy
Uterus and right broad ligament, seen from behind. (In this orientation, the contents "in front" of the broad ligament are posterior to it.)
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The uterine appendages or (adnexa of uterus) are the structures most closely related structurally and functionally to the uterus.
They can be defined in slightly different ways:
- Some sources define the adnexa as the fallopian tubes and ovaries.
- Others include the supporting tissues".
- Another source defines the appendages as the "regions of the true pelvis posterior to the broad ligaments".
- One dictionary includes the fallopian tubes, ovaries, and ligaments (without specifying precisely which ligaments are included).
The term adnexal mass is sometimes used when the location of a uterine mass is not yet more precisely known.
- Abele, H (2014). Atlas of gynecologic surgery. Stuttgart: Thieme. ISBN 9783136507049; Access provided by the University of Pittsburgh
- Ramsden, Ian; Philip Welsby (2002). Clinical history taking and examination: an illustrated color text. Edinburgh: Churchill Livingstone. p. 65. ISBN 0-443-07088-1.
- Reva Arnez Curry; Tempkin, Betty Bates (1995). Ultrasonography: an introduction to normal structure and functional anatomy. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders Co. p. 222. ISBN 0-7216-4585-2.
- "uterine appendages" at Dorland's Medical Dictionary
- "Adnexitis - Definition and More from Merriam-Webster's Free Medical Dictionary". Archived from the original on 21 February 2010. Retrieved 2010-03-09.