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Fig. 589. Vessels of the uterus and its appendages

Rear view. (Testut.)

Uterine Plexuses

Lie along the sides and superior angles of the uterus between the two layers of the broad ligament, and communicate with the ovarian and vaginal plexuses. They are drained by a pair of uterine veins on either side: these arise from the lower part of the plexuses, opposite the external orifice of the uterus, and open into the corresponding hypogastric vein.

Vaginal Plexuses

Placed at the sides of the vagina; they communicate with the uterine, vesical, and hemorrhoidal plexuses, and are drained by the vaginal veins, one on either side, into the hypogastric veins.

Ovarian Veins

(vv. ovaricæ) correspond with the spermatic in the male; they form a plexus in the broad ligament near the ovary and uterine tube, and communicate with the uterine plexus. They end in the same way as the spermatic veins in the male. Valves are occasionally found in these veins. Like the uterine veins, they become much enlarged during pregnancy.

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current16:05, 9 June 2013Thumbnail for version as of 16:05, 9 June 2013900 × 534 (134 KB)Z8600021 (talk | contribs)==Fig. 589. Vessels of the uterus and its appendages== Rear view. (Testut.) ===Uterine plexuses=== Lie along the sides and superior angles of the uterus between the two layers of the broad ligament, and communicate with the ovarian and vaginal plex...