Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Premature Rupture of Membranes Anatomy

To better understand premature rupture of membranes, it helps to understand the anatomy of the uterus, cervix, and Fallopian tubes.

Anatomy of the female reproductive tract includes:

  • The uterus, cervix, and vaginal canal
  • The bladder
  • The fallopian tubes:
    • These paired structures connect each ovary to the uterus
  • The ovaries:
    • One on each side of the uterus. A normal adult ovary is about the size of an unshelled almond
  • Female organs during a pelvic examination

The fetus grows within the amniotic sac within the uterus:
  • The fetus within the amniotic sac
  • The near term fetus within the uterus
  • Ultrasound of fetus and placenta

Last Updated: Nov 6, 2008 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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PubMed Premature Rupture of Membranes References
  1. Menon R, Fortunato SJ. Infection and the role of inflammation in preterm premature rupture of the membranes. Best Pract Res Clin Obstet Gynaecol. 2007 Jun;21(3):467-78. Epub 2007 Apr 19. [17448730]
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