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Variant anatomy of the uterine artery in a Kenyan population.
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PMID:  20579998     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the uterine artery's origin, branching patterns, and relation to the ureter in a Kenyan population.
METHOD: The uterine arteries of the bodies of 53 girls and women were dissected at the University of Nairobi Department of Human Anatomy to study these patterns. Data were analyzed for frequency and the patterns are presented via digital macrographs.
RESULTS: The uterine artery consistently originated as a branch of the internal iliac artery. It formed the second or third branch of the anterior trunk in 70.8% of cases; it ascended as a single branch, or from a bifurcation, or from a trifurcation in 76.4%, 17.1%, and 6.7% of cases; and lay posterior to the ureter in 3.8% of cases. In all, 46.2% of the uterine arteries studied varied from the classic description.
CONCLUSION: About half of the uterine arteries had a nonclassic origin, branching pattern, or relation to the ureter-as a posterior relation to the ureter had not been previously described. Surgeons operating in the pelvis should be aware of this variant anatomy to avoid injury to the ureter and other organs.
Moses M Obimbo; Julius A Ogeng'o; Hassan Saidi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2010-07-01
Journal Detail:
Title:  International journal of gynaecology and obstetrics: the official organ of the International Federation of Gynaecology and Obstetrics     Volume:  111     ISSN:  1879-3479     ISO Abbreviation:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-10     Completed Date:  2010-12-31     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0210174     Medline TA:  Int J Gynaecol Obstet     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  49-52     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010 International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.
Department of Human Anatomy, University of Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.
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MeSH Terms
Child, Preschool
Cross-Sectional Studies
Iliac Artery / anatomy & histology
Kenya / epidemiology
Middle Aged
Pelvis / anatomy & histology
Uterine Artery / anatomy & histology*
Young Adult

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