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Anatomy and pathology of the canal of Nuck

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    1 Department of Radiology, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, First Avenue at 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, United States.
    Hussein Nasser
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    1 Department of Radiology, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, First Avenue at 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, United States.
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    Department of Radiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, United States
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    2 The Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Radiology, Box 1234, 1 Gustave L Levy Place, New York, NY 10029, United States.
    Michael King
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    2 The Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Radiology, Box 1234, 1 Gustave L Levy Place, New York, NY 10029, United States.
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    Department of Radiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, United States
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    2 The Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Radiology, Box 1234, 1 Gustave L Levy Place, New York, NY 10029, United States.
    Henrietta Kotlus Rosenberg
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    2 The Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Radiology, Box 1234, 1 Gustave L Levy Place, New York, NY 10029, United States.
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    Department of Radiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, United States
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    2 The Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Radiology, Box 1234, 1 Gustave L Levy Place, New York, NY 10029, United States.
    Ally Rosen
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    2 The Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Radiology, Box 1234, 1 Gustave L Levy Place, New York, NY 10029, United States.
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    Department of Radiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, United States
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    2 The Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Radiology, Box 1234, 1 Gustave L Levy Place, New York, NY 10029, United States.
    Eric Wilck
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    2 The Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Radiology, Box 1234, 1 Gustave L Levy Place, New York, NY 10029, United States.
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    Department of Radiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, United States
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    2 The Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Radiology, Box 1234, 1 Gustave L Levy Place, New York, NY 10029, United States.
    William L. Simpson
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    2 The Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Radiology, Box 1234, 1 Gustave L Levy Place, New York, NY 10029, United States.
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    Department of Radiology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, NY, United States
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    1 Department of Radiology, Mount Sinai Beth Israel, First Avenue at 16th Street, New York, NY 10003, United States.
    2 The Mount Sinai Hospital, Department of Radiology, Box 1234, 1 Gustave L Levy Place, New York, NY 10029, United States.
Published:February 07, 2018DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.clinimag.2018.02.003

      Highlights

      • The canal of Nuck is the female equivalent to a patent processus vaginalis in the male.
      • The term canal of Nuck as well as the anatomy of it is not well known by radiologist or surgeons.
      • There are a variety of normal structures and possible pathologic findings that can be found in this anatomic region.
      • Understanding the anatomy and embryology of the canal of Nuck is essential for interpretation of the radiologic findings.

      Abstract

      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.

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