Development of the suspensory ligament of the ovary

The prenatal development of the suspensory ligament of the ovary is a part of the development of the reproductive system.

The suspensory ligament originates from the mesonephros, which, in turn, originates from the Wolffian duct:

The mesonephros evolves from the Wolffian duct, and this, in turn, by the fifth or sixth week, forms an elongated spindle-shaped fold. However, it should not be confused with the urogenital fold. This fold projects into the abdominal cavity at the side of the dorsal mesentery, reaching from the septum transversum in front to the fifth lumbar segment behind. It gives rise to e.g. the suspensory ligament of the ovary in women.

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