It is not my intention to give an exhaustive review of the entire subject of retroperitoneal or parovarian cysts, but I merely wish to call attention to the subject for discussion, giving some of my own experiences, with a view of bringing out those of other Fellows of the Society. The subject is that of socalled parovarian cysts, or cysts of the broad ligament, or cysts with fimbriated epithelium, and I wish to call attention to a few facts concerning them before showing specimens.
We know that these cysts are said, in a great majority of cases, to develop from the parovarium, the rudimentary sexual remnant of the Wolffian bodies; more rarely, they are said to develop from the epoöphoron; finally, it is possible that cysts of the broad ligament may originate from hæmatomas. The canals of the parovarium being lined with fimbriated epithelium, may account for the fact that
FENGER C. THE OPERATIVE TREATMENT OF RETROPERITONEAL CYSTS IN CONNECTION WITH MICULICZ'S METHOD OF DRAINAGE. Remarks before the Chicago Gynæcological Society, March 18, 1887. JAMA. 1887;VIII(21):568–571. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02391460008001c
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