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Tearing of the suspensory ligament in humans

Updated April 17, 2017

The suspensory ligament is any ligament that supports a body part or an organ. In humans they are located in the penis, ovary, eye lens and breasts. Natural tear is unusual in these locations; however, these ligaments can be torn and adjusted in surgery.

Penis Suspensory Ligament

It is very rare for the suspensory ligament of the penis to be torn naturally. More commonly it is simply strained or stretched. There are, however, surgeries in which the ligament is cut to increase length. If torn, the penis suspensory ligament will reattach and heal on its own.

Breast and Ovary Suspensory Ligaments

Due to their location, it is more common to strain the breast or ovary suspensory ligaments than to tear them. In rare cases the suspensory ligaments of the breasts can be torn due to excessive exercise without support and abnormally heavy breasts.

Lens Suspensory Ligament

The suspensory ligament of the eye is a fibrous ring that holds the lens in place. A tear or damage to this suspensory ligament affects the eye's ability to focus.

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Karen Malzeke-McDonald is both an illustrator and writer in the children's publishing market. She has an A.A.S in art and advertising from The Art Institute of Dallas and a B.A. in art history and studio art with a minor in English literature from Hollins College. Malzeke-McDonald has enjoyed many career challenges, from designing a nationally licensed character to creating and marketing new businesses.