Anatomy and pathology of the canal of Nuck

Hussein Nasser, Michael King, Henrietta Kotlus Rosenberg, Ally Rosen, Eric Wilck, William L. Simpson

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The canal of Nuck is the female equivalent of the processus vaginalis in the male but is less well known than its male counterpart. It is a rare entity not commonly encountered by radiologists, particularly in the adult population. Knowledge of the embryology and anatomy of the canal of Nuck is essential for identification of the various pathologic conditions that may occur in this location. Moreover, radiologists should be familiar with this entity to compose an appropriate and thorough differential diagnosis of a labial mass/swelling. In this review, we discuss both the anatomy and the more common pathology that can be encountered within it.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)83-92
Number of pages10
JournalClinical Imaging
StatePublished - Sep 2018


  • Canal of Nuck
  • Computed tomography
  • Inguinal canal
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Ultrasound


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