vaginal fornix


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vag·i·nal for·nix

[TA]
the recess at the vault of the vagina; it is divided into an anterior part, posterior part, and lateral part with respect to its relation to the cervix of the uterus. The posterior part is clinically significant as the site for culdocentesis and culdoscopy. The proximity of the ureter (below) and the uterine artery (above) adjacent to the lateral fornix is important clinically.
Synonym(s): fornix vaginae [TA], fornix uteri

vaginal fornix

An anatomic landmark consisting of the arched recess that surrounds the vaginal portion of the uterine cervix at the superior end of the vagina, which is divided into anterior, right and left lateral, and posterior quadrants.
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proposal of new test for diagnosis of PPROM based on determination of hCG in the washing fluid of the posterior vaginal fornix. Minerva Ginecol.
* Point Bp: represents the most dependant position of any part of the upper posterior vaginal wall from posterior vaginal fornix to the point Ap.
Two cotton tipped swabs are to be used to take specimen from posterior vaginal fornix. Simultaneously, character of vaginal discharge is to be noted:
Swabs were placed in the posterior vaginal fornix and agitated throughout the length and circumference of subjects' vaginas before preparation for vaginal hysterectomy with or without reconstructive surgery.
A 16-gauge angiocatheter tube was then connected to a gel-filled syringe, and the thawed gel was placed into the posterior vaginal fornix. (3) Patients were continuously monitored for an additional 30 minutes with an external fetal heart rate monitor and a uterine tocodynamometer.
Per vaginal examination revealed bogginess in the left lateral vaginal fornix. Lab investigations were within normal limits.
Women allocated to group-I were given misoporstol 400ug (1 tab of cytotec, Searle) in posterior vaginal fornix every three h, upto a maximum of eight doses over 24 hours.
The posterior vaginal fornix (POP-Q point D), representing apical support, descends to 7 cm superior to the hymen with strain, with a total vaginal length of 9 cm.
"When doing a laparoscopy to look for endometriosis in the pelvis, don't forget to look in the vaginal fornix as well."
Cotton swabs were used to obtain the vaginal discharge from the posterior vaginal fornix and smear was prepared on a slide.