Anterior superior iliac spine

The anterior superior iliac spine is an important bony surface landmark and is the prominence is the most anterior part of the ilium. It can be palpated at the lateral end of the inguinal fold. Attachments include the inguinal ligament, tensor fasciae latae and sartorius.

Clinically, as an easily identifiable landmark, it aids in the localisation of the inguinal ligament, common femoral artery and the base of the appendix (McBurney's point). It is also the start point for the measurement of true leg length (anterior superior iliac spine to medial malleolus).

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rID: 53352
Section: Anatomy
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Anterior superior iliac spine (ASIS)
  • ASIS

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