The uterine appendages (or adnexa of uterus) are the structures most closely related structurally and functionally to the uterus.
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.)
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.
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- 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 9 March 2010.