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The detailed anatomy of the paraurethral ducts in the adult human female

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      The material studied consisted of serial sections and wax model reconstructions of adult human female urethras. As a result of this study, a concept of the anatomy and histology of the paraurethral ducts is presented. It would appear that these ducts are not constant in number or location; that they not only form extensive ramifications throughout the tissues about the distal urethra, but that they may also extend to within a short distance of the bladder; and that the often numerous ducts terminate in tubular glands which are lined for the most part by columnar epithelium. This epithelium has some, although limited, secretory activity.
      The role which the paraurethral ducts may play in the etiology of lesions of the urethra and anterior vaginal wall is discussed.
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