Dr. med. Dirk Manski



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Anatomy of the Groin

Superficial Structures of the Groin

The fascia lata is the deep fascia of the thigh and encloses the muscles and forms the outer limit of the fascial compartments. Below the inguinal ligament, the saphenous opening (latin: hiatus saphenus) enables superfical vessels to run to/from the femoral vessels [Fig. superficial structure of the groin]:


Superficial anatomy of the groin: Numbers see text. Fig. modified from Gray’s Anatomy, Lea and Febinger 1918, Philadelphia, USA.
figure superficial anatomy of the groin


Deep Compartments of the Groin and Inguinal Ligament

The inguinal ligament runs from anterior superior iliac spine (lateral) to the pubic tubercle (medial). The inguinal ligament is attached cranially (and formed) to the external abdominal oblique aponeurosis. The ligament is attached caudally and continuous with the fascia lata of the thigh. Several major structures passs under the inguinal ligament on theirs way to the thigh [Fig. inguinal ligament], from lateral to medial:


Inguinal ligament with vascular and muscular lacuna of the right side: horizontal cross section along the inguinal ligament. Ncfl.: N. cutaneus femoris lateralis, N. fem.: Nervus femoralis, A. fem.: Arteria femoralis, V. fem.: Vena femoralis, Lig. lac.: Ligamentum lacunare. Fig. modified from Gray’s Anatomy, Lea and Febinger 1918, Philadelphia, USA.
figure Inguinal ligament with vascular and muscular lacuna of the right side


figure deep groin anatomy

Deep groin anatomy: Fig. modified from Gray’s Anatomy, Lea and Febinger 1918, Philadelphia, USA.







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References

Benninghoff 1993 BENNINGHOFF, A.:
Makroskopische Anatomie, Embryologie und Histologie des Menschen.
15. Auflage.
München; Wien; Baltimore : Urban und Schwarzenberg, 1993


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