Lesions of the Broad Ligament: A Review

J Minim Invasive Gynecol. 2015 Nov-Dec;22(7):1163-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jmig.2015.06.019. Epub 2015 Jul 2.


The differential diagnosis of lesions arising in the broad ligament is quite large. Many of these lesions can be clinically interpreted before surgery as adnexal or uterine neoplasms. Although some lesions are similar to those arising in other müllerian sites, there are unique lesions as well. The lesions are uncommon and may prove challenging to clinicians. The purpose was to review the scope of lesions affecting the broad ligament. A literature review was conducted. A Medline search was performed using the terms broad ligament, mesosalpinx, and mesovarium. A review of the scope of broad ligament lesions is presented to assist in developing a differential diagnosis if a patient with such a lesion is encountered.

Keywords: Broad ligament; Female genital tract; Uterine neoplasms.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adnexal Diseases / diagnosis*
  • Adnexal Diseases / pathology
  • Adnexal Diseases / surgery
  • Broad Ligament / pathology*
  • Broad Ligament / surgery
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Leiomyoma / diagnosis*
  • Leiomyoma / pathology
  • Leiomyoma / surgery
  • Uterine Neoplasms / diagnosis*
  • Uterine Neoplasms / pathology
  • Uterine Neoplasms / surgery