Defects of the broad ligament of the uterus

Am J Gastroenterol. 1986 May;81(5):389-91.


A case of intestinal obstruction resulting from passage of the entire small bowel and cecum and its mesentery through a fenestration in the broad ligament of the uterus is presented. A review of the literature reveals that broad ligament defects may occur in multiple locations, which may be responsible for intestinal obstruction. A simple classification of broad ligament defects is proposed. Type 1 defects occur caudal to the round ligament of the uterus. Type 2 defects occur above the round ligament. Type 3 defects occur between the round ligament and the remainder of the broad ligament, through the meso-ligamentum teres.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adnexa Uteri / abnormalities*
  • Broad Ligament / abnormalities*
  • Broad Ligament / surgery
  • Classification
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Intestinal Obstruction / etiology
  • Intestinal Obstruction / surgery
  • Intestine, Small
  • Middle Aged