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 ligamentsartorius muscle and depending on which resource you read, the tensor fasciae latae.

Clinically, as an easily identifiable landmark, it aids in the localization 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).

Related pathology

Article information

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

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Cases and figures

  • Fig 1: anterior superior iliac spine
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