Phrenicocolic ligament

Phrenicocolic ligament

Phrenicocolic ligament
Diagram to show the lines along which the peritoneum leaves the wall of the abdomen to invest the viscera. (Phrenicocolic ligament labeled at center right.)
Latin Ligamentum phrenicocolicum
Anatomical terminology

A fold of peritoneum, the phrenicocolic ligament is continued from the left colic flexure to the thoracic diaphragm opposite the tenth and eleventh ribs; it passes below and serves to support the spleen, and therefore has received the name of sustentaculum lienis.[1]

Friedrich Wilhelm Hensing

The phrenicocolic ligament is also called Hensing's ligament after Friedrich Wilhelm Hensing (* 1719; † 1745), a German professor for medicine in Gießen.[2][3]


  1. ^ This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)
  2. ^ in The Free Dictionary by Farlex, Medical Eponyms, Farlex, 2012.Hensing ligament
  3. ^ in The Free Dictionary by Farlex, Medical Eponyms, Farlex, 2012.Friedrich W. Hensing

External links

  • spleen at The Anatomy Lesson by Wesley Norman (Georgetown University)
  • "Phrenicocolic ligament". Medcyclopaedia.