Common femoral artery

Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

The common femoral artery is the continuation of the external iliac artery at the level of the inguinal ligament. As well as supplying oxygenated blood to the leg, it gives off smaller branches to the anterior abdominal wall. The artery lies medial to the midpoint of the inguinal ligament, halfway between the anterior superior iliac spine and symphysis pubis.The femoral vein lies medially and both emerge within the femoral sheath. Lateral but outside the sheath is the femoral nerve. The common femoral artery terminates as it passes through the adductor hiatus in adductor magnus to become the popliteal artery.

Summary

Lower limb anatomy
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rID: 24867
System: Vascular
Section: Anatomy
Tag: artery
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