Adductor minimus muscle
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The adductor minimus muscle is a small, variably present muscle in the medial compartment of the thigh.
Due to confusion about this muscle over the years it has ended up with a variety of names, which include pars lateralis, adductor quartus muscle, premier faisceau du grand adducteur and caput superius externum 1.
- origin: ischiopubic ramus
- insertion: medial lip of linea aspera, adductor tubercle
- action: adducts, extends and laterally rotates thigh at hip joint
- arterial supply: medial femoral circumflex artery, first perforating branch of profunda femoris
- innervation: obturator nerve (part inserting on linea aspera), tibial division of sciatic nerve (part inserting on adductor tubercle)
The adductor minimus is considered to be the superior most division of adductor magnus muscle and is variable in its anatomy, being either completely separate, partially or completely fused to the upper border of adductor magnus 1. The first perforating branch of the profunda femoris artery delineates the inferior border of adductor minimus from the superior border of adductor magnus.
- 1. Tubbs RS, Griessenauer CJ, Marshall T, Dennison CP, Shoja MM, Loukas M, Apaydin N, Cohen-Gadol AA. The adductor minimus muscle revisited. (2011) Surgical and radiologic anatomy : SRA. 33 (5): 429-32. doi:10.1007/s00276-010-0741-2 - Pubmed
- 2. Werner Platzer. Color Atlas of Human Anatomy. (2014) ISBN: 9783131494870
- 3. Benn ML, Pizzari T, Rath L, Tucker K, Semciw AI. Adductor magnus: An EMG investigation into proximal and distal portions and direction specific action. (2018) Clinical anatomy (New York, N.Y.). 31 (4): 535-543. doi:10.1002/ca.23068 - Pubmed