Inguinal Canal

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inguinal canal

[′iŋ·gwən·əl kə′nal]
A short, narrow passage between the abdominal ring and the inguinal ring in which lies the spermatic cord in males and the round ligament in females.
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Inguinal Canal


a slanting, narrow passage between the muscles of the lower part of the abdominal wall in humans and most mammals. In man the inguinal canal has two openings: the superficial inguinal ring, which is near the pubis, and the deep inguinal ring, which is covered and which lies on the inner surface of the anterior wall of the stomach. The length is 4–5 cm, and the width 1–2.5 cm. The inguinal canal is the passageway for the spermatic cord in males and for the round ligament of the uterus in females. A predisposition to herniation may result from weakness in the abdominal wall and dilation of the openings of the inguinal canal.

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(18,19) The incidence of recurrence further depends upon the technique used for placing the mesh and it should therefore be placed properly beneath the external oblique aponeurosis and above the posterior wall of inguinal canal with minimal folding or wrinkling of the mesh around the spermatic cord.
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