The nerves of the lower limb I

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Anterior superior iliac spine Lateral cutaneous nerve of thigh

Iliacus

Fig.441

The femoral nerve and its major branches. The upper diagram shows the structures that pass under the inguinal ligament

Lateral cutaneous nerve of thigh

Iliacus

Femoral nerve Nerve to sartorius Tensor fasciae latae To vastus lateralis Psoas

To vastus intermedius and rectus femoris

Sartorius Intermediate cutaneous nerve of thigh

(Skin of front of thigh) Rectus femoris

Inguinal ligament

External oblique aponeurosis

Femoral nerve

Femoral artery

Femoral vein

Femoral canal

Lacunar ligament Pubic tubercle Pectineus

Fig.441

The femoral nerve and its major branches. The upper diagram shows the structures that pass under the inguinal ligament

Inguinal ligament

Pubic tubercle To pectineus Pectineus Adductor longus Femoral vein Great saphenous vein Femoral artery Saphenous nerve To vastus medialis Medial cutaneous nerve of thigh (Skin of medial thigh) Gracilis

Adductor longus

Deep fascia (Skin of medial leg and foot)

Fig.44.2

The anterior and posterior divisions of the obturator nerve

Obturator externus

Pectineus

Posterior division

Adductor brevis Anterior division

Gracilis

Branch to knee joint

Fig.44.2

The anterior and posterior divisions of the obturator nerve

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